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I'll Steal You Away by Niccolò Ammaniti
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Sep 22, 07

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I'LL STEAL YOU AWAY is the captivating and endearing tale of Ischiano Scalo's small-town residents, a kind of comic-tragic WINESBURG, OHIO. All of the characters in this novel demand your empathy: Once you start in on their troubles, their small victories, and their life-destroying defeats, the book is impossible to put down. And because this is Ammaniti, you can be sure that the children encounter something so disfiguring, yet so heartbreakingly human, that they can't help but be thrust into adulthood. And meanwhile, the adults in their rural towns are not immune to the influx of cosmopolitan corruption (here in the form of "the most fuckable woman on the planet"). The result is a novel that is even more beautiful, picaresque, and haunting than the much-celebrated I'M NOT SCARED.
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