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About the Author
Domenico Starnone was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution (Europa, 2009), Via Gemito, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega, Ties (Europa, 2017), a New York Times Editors Pick and Notable Book of the Year, and a Sunday Times and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Trick (Europa, 2018), a Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and the 2019 PEN Translation Prize.
Jhumpa Lahiri is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Interpreter of Maladies. Her books include The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, The Lowland, and, most recently, In Other Words, an exploration of language and identity.
Praise for Domenico Starnone
"One of Italy's most accomplished novelists."--Tim Parks, The Guardian
"Starnone packs a huge amount into a small compass. Engrossing."--The Sunday Times
"Their relationship, perfectly captured by Starnone's precise writing, gives the novel a rich foundation to allow for a juxtaposition of the old and the new, the rigid and the silly, while also providing readers with moments of pure comic relief, marked by the characters' signature, witty stichomythia."--Vox
"Short and emotionally astute, a shrewd mix of humor and dread that keeps you reading."--The Chicago Tribune
"Domenico Starnone has written an emotionally complex, layered story whose brevity serves to amplify profound themes of self-identity, marriage, aging, death and the daunting sacrifices of the creative life."--Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
"A superb, sometimes unsettling intergenerational portrait hitting on basic truths."--Library Journal (Starred Review)
"[A] new book from Starnone is an event to celebrate."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Ties is...the leanest, most understated and emotionally powerful novel by Domenico Starnone."--Rachel Donadio, The New York Times
"Ties is puzzle-like, architectural, a novel ingeniously constructed."--The New Yorker
"[Ties] is as vivid and devastating as anything you will read this year. A slim, stunning meditation on marriage, fidelity, honesty, and truth."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)