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Trust

By Domenico Starnone and Jhumpa Lahiri
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Praise for Trust

★ “Richly nuanced while also understated, Starnone’s latest appearance in English is a novel to be savored.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“A short, sharp novel that cuts like a scalpel to the core of its characters... Starnone has earned a reader’s trust with another agile analysis of frail humanity.”—Los Angeles Times

“Translation shows me how to work with new words, how to experiment with new styles and forms, how to take greater risks, how to structure and layer my sentences in different ways.”—Jhumpa Lahiri on the joy of translation as discovery, Lit Hub

“A sweeping examination of aging, love, and success... This is the third of Starnone’s novels that Lahiri has translated over the last six years, and her deft hand seamlessly reveals Starnone’s masterful narrative at every turn.”—Booklist

“Starnone (Trick) returns with an elegant story of a man’s lifelong struggle to perfect his public persona while hiding a secret.”—Publishers Weekly

“Absolutely brilliant! I have to say: Jhumpa Lahiri has done an amazing job. She is the best translator a writer could wish for.”—RTE Radio

“An Italian master gives it a suspenseful twist in this vibrant novel that’s equal parts Endless Love, la dolce vita, and unreliable narration….A rip of a read.”—Oprah Daily

“Indirection like that, stirring up terrific curiosity, proves one of the novel’s best gambits…I’d call it the best of Lahiri’s Starnone essays — a fine fit for the best of his recent creative surge.”—Washington Post

“Acclaimed Italian novelist and National Book Award finalist Starnone’s newest novel explores vulnerability, relationships, and the gulf between our public and private selves.”—The Millions

“Starnone is a masterful storyteller.”—Reading in Translation

“Electrifying.”—Financial Times

“With a few deft strokes of his concentrated prose, [Starnone] tears down the curtains, blinding his audience with daylight.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“The book that taught me what translation was.”—Jhumpa Lahiri, The New Yorker

Praise for Domenico Starnone

“One of Italy’s most accomplished novelists.”—Tim Parks, The Guardian

“Starnone packs a huge amount into a small compass. Engrossing.”—The Sunday Times

“Their relationship, perfectly captured by Starnone’s precise writing, gives the novel a rich foundation to allow for a juxtaposition of the old and the new, the rigid and the silly, while also providing readers with moments of pure comic relief, marked by the characters’ signature, witty stichomythia.”—Vox

“Short and emotionally astute, a shrewd mix of humor and dread that keeps you reading.”—The Chicago Tribune

“Domenico Starnone has written an emotionally complex, layered story whose brevity serves to amplify profound themes of self-identity, marriage, aging, death and the daunting sacrifices of the creative life.”—Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)

“A superb, sometimes unsettling intergenerational portrait hitting on basic truths.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)

“[A] new book from Starnone is an event to celebrate.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Ties is...the leanest, most understated and emotionally powerful novel by Domenico Starnone.”—Rachel Donadio, The New York Times

Ties is puzzle-like, architectural, a novel ingeniously constructed.”—The New Yorker

“[Ties] is as vivid and devastating as anything you will read this year. A slim, stunning meditation on marriage, fidelity, honesty, and truth.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

13 Reviews

3.5
“For any relationship to sustain, Trust plays an important and deciding factor. We often take it for granted or assume that it's mutual. Basing on that belief, Trust narrates a tumultuous and captivating relationship between Pietro and Teresa. It shows all the facets of their once shared relationship. Often you meet people and they leave an impression or you would have shared something dark, terrible or unspeakable with them. But it leaves a seed of doubt or like a dagger hanging over your head - what if that unspeakable secret is revealed? As a game of sorts Teresa and Pietro share them but are now haunted by it. From then it begins a new turn to the dynamics they shared as student-professor, lovers and former lovers. The book is divided into three parts of different povs: Pietro, Emma and Teresa. I have to admit that the cutesy modern rom com cover made me hesitate to read this sooner. What worked and motivated for me to read further was not only the power dynamic shifts but also the the writing. It's lush, speaks volumes and articulates the emotions the characters are going through. In fact the first paragraph that kicks off the book itself had me in it's palm. Instead of focusing on romance, Starnone delved deeper into what made their relationship work. I expected no less after having read his other book, Ties. As usual, I always have something to pick on and here my qualm was with Emma's parts. I felt that the same could have written from Pietro's pov. To see it from his stance would have been better. I also wouldn't have complained if there were more chapters from Teresa's pov. It dispelled whatever effect Pietro's pov had on me and broke down. ------------------ Excellent use of language and had me hooked from start to finish. rtc.”

About Domenico Starnone

Domenico Starnone was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution (Europa, 2009), Via Gemito, winner of Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Strega, Ties (Europa, 2017), a New York Times Editors Pick and Notable Book of the Year, and a Sunday Times and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Trick (Europa, 2018), a Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and the 2019 PEN Translation Prize. 

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