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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Vito Santoro s body is inadvertently unearthed by a demolition crew in Fregene, Italy, his siblings are thrown into turmoil, having been told by their sister Piera that Vito had fled to Argentina fifty years earlier after abandoning his wife and son. Piera, the self-proclaimed matriarch, locks herself in her room, refusing to speak to anyone but her Canadian nephew, D ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Signature Editions (first published September 1st 2010)
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Doriana Bisegna
One of life's greatest pleasures is discovering a book that is unknown and yet turns out to be a memorable read! This book about an Italian family in the 1920's (till present day) totally grabbed my attention and did not let go until the last word! A fascinating read and one that I will never forget. I enjoyed Piera's (the older sister of this clan) retelling of her family's story to her nephew Davide after her brother's body is found murdered when the whole family thought Vito had fled to Argen ...more
A dark but compelling combination of mystery and family drama. Solitaria tells the emotional story of several generations of an impoverished - first, literally and later, spiritually - italian family. The story is set in both contemporary southern Italy - declining and old-fashioned, yet timeless, full of la dolce vita and bittersweet roman continuity - and in the mid 20th century decades of the past, complete with period descriptions of devastating fascism and post-war renewal.

The present is n
I received this book as a first read and was very excited to receive it. Thank you to the author for the book and the opportunity to read it.

The beginning of this book was a little difficult but the story picked up its pace as the book progressed. The story itself was fantastic and the ending came as a shock to me. I love a twist ending. I think, for me, the difficulty was in the overly descriptive way that the book was written. It wasn't a book that I could lose myself in and forget the world a
A solid 4.5 stars & I'm rounding up. Excellent story & characters that drew me into their lives. The only problem for me was that the ending seemed a bit abrupt. It's a good thing though when you don't want to give up the people, but would like to know what happens next.

12/20/10 - Started this one this morning & it already looks to be very good!

I won this book in a First Reads giveaway. I look forward to reading it.
Genni Gunn
Sep 06, 2011 Genni Gunn added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Here is a review from The Winnipeg Review:

Miz Moffatt
Originally posted on Across the Litoverse

To protect familial honour, the truth can be buried—but one must know that secrets never die. When a demolition crew unearths Vito Santoro's remains at an Italian seaside villa, his sister Piera locks her door against the accusations and anger of her extended family. Following Vito's disappearance fifty years earlier, Piera insisted she received regular correspondence from her eldest brother after he settled in Argentina. His former wife, Teresa, was left
Claudia Casper
Genni Gunn's new novel, Solitaria is a pleasure. Piera, the main character, is wonderful - well-intentioned in a way that only the narcissistic can be, poignant, very badly behaved, holding secrets and keys that are always subject to subjectivity. She is nicely counterpointed by her too dispassionate though affectionate nephew from Canada, the only person to whom she will reveal the key to the mystery - the story behind a body uncovered during renovations of a house on the Italian coast - the ol ...more
I'm no literary buff or great lover of realistic fiction (actually I swing more to the opposite side of the spectrum), but I really liked this book. The scenes of Italy are captivating as is Piera's story of her childhood which is pretty much the only force moving the book's plot forward. Compounded with big personality's and lots of family drama, this book though not riotously captivating, is subtly thought provoking and occasionally disturbing.
Likes: Italian phrases, use of tenses (though some
A dark and mysterious story of family love, betrayal and the secrets we bury in the past. The scenes of Italy are beautiful and so richly crafted that one feels as though they are on the train peering out at the historic landscape alongside the characters. The sweeping mystery is slowly revealed in short passages constructed around letters and photographs by a most unrelaible narrator, which leave the reader guessing as to the truth and motivation behind each revelation. It is refreshing to read ...more
Carrie Marcotte
The ending was WAY too rushed, but excellent novel to that point.
really a 4.5 star...
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Author of five works of fiction (3 novels and 2 short story collections), 1 book of creative nonfiction, 2 books of poetry, 2 collections of poetry of Dacia Maraini translated from Italian, and an opera libretto -- the opera (music by John Oliver) was produced by Chants Libres in Montreal, 2007.

Her work has been translated into Italian, Dutch and Chinese. Her novel Tracing Iris is in film post pro
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