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Three Light-Years: A Novel

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A quietly devastating novel about the pain of hidden secrets and the cost of surrendered love

Cecilia and Claudio are doctors at the same hospital. They eat lunch together, sharing conversation and confidences. Each is recovering from a relationship that has ended but is not yet over: she is a vulnerable young woman with a complicated family situation and two small children
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 2013)
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Simone Subliminalpop
Prima Claudio (nella cui vita non succede niente da dieci anni), per tanto tempo, poi Claudio e Cecilia (medici nello stesso ospedale che si incontrano casualmente), e infine Claudio, Cecilia e Silvia (quest’ultime sorelle).
Claudio che sente la pressione dell’ultima possibilità, ma nonostante questo rimane troppo sul limitare, come sembra aver sempre fatto. Cecilia che una possibilità l’ha appena chiusa e non sa se avrà la voglia e le forze per riaprirne subito un’altra. Silvia che si ritrova i
Claire Gabriel
So far my novel of the year. About memory, consciousness, the difficulty of understanding others and ourselves. As I did in 2014 with Life after Life, I must immediately read it again!
wonderful novel; while the topic is mundane (shy middle age doctor who still lives near his mother, ex wife and her family, troubled ER doctor, mother of two kids, each with his and her own problems, and separated/later divorced form her husband for no particular reason beyond drift, her vivacious sister who unwittingly both creates trouble and brings the main characters together, their families and history) and set in an Italian city early 00's or so, the way the story is told through pov's fro ...more
A constructed life story: memory or desire?

Lovely writing; original, nuanced, and unexpected plot; carefully described characters and relationships. On the other hand, some of the transitions from past to present were awkwardly inserted...they almost seemed to be added in by someone different than the writer of the rest of the book! Odd somehow.
I was left feeling like something was lost in translation. Despite a few elegant passages, the first "book" was boring as hell. Then again, how exciting can divorcees falling in love in a hospital canteen be? Maybe I expected too much.

a well-written novel with very likable characters. low-key, easy to read, easy to identify with the ambivalence of both the woman and the man who, at this time in their live, are not quite sure what they want
Laurie Dunn-Schmidt
Well written and captivating, a bit slow paced, but sticks with you.
Mildly interesting, disjointed, with an terribly unsatisfying ending.
Mooie spannende opzet, waarbij in ieder deel telkens vanui een persoon meer het verhaal wordt verteld. Wel erg veel woorden om in feite 3 of 4 gebeurtenissen vanuit verschillende perspevtieven te beschrijven. Gaandeweg wordt het hele verhaal pas duidelijk
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