Domenico Starnone is a towering literary icon in Italy — their Philip Roth. He is also married to the woman who is “Elena Ferrante’s” agent and they are both the subject of some speculation, re: the actual identity of Elena. All that is less important than Starnone’s superb and compelling tale, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri. Starnone follows an aging illustrator as he returns to his childhood home to babysit his grandson. Ghosts, the exuberance of youth, and diminishing fame, prompt the illustrator to reflect on the course of his life, touching on aging, love, infidelity, violence, envy, and ambition in an exquisite and elegant way. I look forward to Starnone enjoying deserved success in the US. Be the first to “discover” him. -Roxanne— From Roxanne's 2018 Summer Reads
A weary man faces the ghosts of his past while caring for his grandson in Naples in this National Book Award finalist novel by the acclaimed author of Ties.In Tricks, Domenico Starnone presents an unusual duel between two formidable minds. One is Daniele Mallarico, a once-successful illustrator who feels his artistic prowess fading. The other is Mario, Daniele's four-year-old grandson. Daniele is living in virtual solitude in Milan when his daughter asks him to come to Naples to babysit Mario for a few days.