An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from best-selling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.
New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine - Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." In Rashomon style, with alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, 10 years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.
With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none can see coming.
Cast of narrators:
Lizzie read by Talia Balsam
Taylor read by Katie Finneran
Finn read by Darren Goldstein
Michael read by John Slattery
©2016 Delia Ephron (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Siracusa by Delia Ephron is different from her other works, which might put some of her fans off kilter. I applaud the author in this endeavor to take a plunge and coming up with a work that is so clever and fresh. I encourage you to not allow yourself to read a book report type review for fear of glimpsing one revelation before it’s time.
Everything I normally dislike in a novel, this novel possessed. Yet showed me how to, not only to like it and embrace it, but love it. Such as - I generally dislike switching different narrators/characters each chapter. In this book, before long, I was begging for a switch for I needed to hear the other side of the story. It starts in the manner where the reader feels like they came into the middle of the story and it takes work to understand the relationships of the characters. Keep with it – it’s so worth the effort. There are just a handful of two of characters throughout so once you got everyone in their place – you know all their little ticks…well, you think you do.
For me the epilogue ending was the cherry on this cheeky sundae. It’s kept me thinking long after the last page was turned.
Most of Diane Chamberlaine's books. Lots of grown ups acting badly and giving in to impulses and then trying not to get caught.
Not sure but she was a very good narrator.
Definitely worth a credit!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the drama, comedy, and the real relationships that it explains made me laugh out loud and cry at the same time. Highly recommend it for the casual listener.
Wow! I listened to this book while on vacation, and highly recommend the audible version. The 4 narrators do a wonderful job of bringing the author's characters to life.
After reading the blurb, I thought I'd dislike certain characters, but found my feelings changing, as the story untold. This book had everything I look for in a great story. There was romance, humor, mystery, and surprise. I don't want to give the surprise away, but the biggest surprise, to me, was where loyalties lie, and how blind they can make people.
I highly recommend this book!
Great book, the characters are well developed. There is an uncomfortable air that surrounds the story that keeps the reader intrigued. A very uncomfortable and interesting listen.
Four perspectives on unfolding events was exasperating. Characters speak with hindsight "I should have known by the way..." leading the intelligent reader to imagine a greater ending that was presented. Fell short.
The lack of character depth as well as overall flow of the story was in one word 'shallow'. Not until the very end did anything of substance happen, and while trying to relate to the characters and storyline, it failed greatly in grasping my interest or caring.
Like previously stated, the ending of the book was the only compelling part, and even that fell flat.
While the narration was done well by all 4 voice actors, The way that the actress of Taylor pronounced her 'w's would make anyone turn off the audio and abandon the book all together.
This novel was full of unnecessary frilly words and sentences. While the characters would ridicule each other for turning simple sentences into the length of stories, each characters dialog was the same.....long...overdrawn....repetitive.
This would have made a decent short story since, in essence, that is what this is. A story that could be told in a few words and phrases. When I summarized this story for my co-works I did so in less than 5 minutes.
a pretentious book about 4 unlikable people and a kid who is either crazy, a psychopath, or just so controlled by her mother she doesn't know right from wrong. I kept hoping something redeeming would happen in the book but they all just kept being completely narcissistic and self-involved all the way through. I was relieved when it was over.
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