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
Shortlisted for the 2018 National Book Awards
One of The Globe & Mail's Best Books of 2018
A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction in Translation of 2018 book
Sharp, succinct storytelling and breathtaking prose combine in this new novel by the author of Ties, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Reviews and Sunday Times Best Book of the Year.
Trick is a stylish drama about ambition, family, and old-age that goes beyond the ordinary and predictable. Imagine a duel between two men. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator who, in the twilight of his years, feels that his reputation and his artistic prowess are fading. The other, Mario, is Daniele's four-year-old grandson. Daniele has been living in a cold northern city for years, in virtual solitude, focusing obsessively on his work, when his daughter asks if he would come to Naples for a few days and babysit Mario while she and her husband attend a conference. Shut inside his childhood home--an apartment in the center of Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico's past--grandfather and grandson match wits as Daniele heads toward a reckoning with his own ambitions and life choices.
Outside the apartment, pulses Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence can never be shaken.
Trick is a gripping, brilliantly devised drama, "an extremely playful literary composition," as Jhumpa Lahiri describes it in her introduction, by the Strega Prize-winning novelist whom many coinsider to be one of Italy's greatest living writers.