North & South - - Review -

It’s clear things are doomed from the start. Two cou­ples. The man from one and the woman from the other used to be lovers; now all four of them, Amer­i­cans, are going on va­ca­tion to Italy. And along for the ride, the creep­ily silent child of one of the pairs. With each chap­ter told from one of the four adults’ per­spec­tives, none of whom is es­pe­cially like­able, the cri­sis at the end is fore­shad­owed from the very start; these lives are about to un­ravel dra­mat­i­cally. And when the Pulitzer Prizewin­ning play­wright Michael’s brassy lover turns up in Siracusa, she pulls on the last

fray­ing thread of the cou­ples’ friend­ship. Easy to read – quite a page-turner, in fact – Siracusa has some shrewd in­sights into the hu­man con­di­tion thrown in for good mea­sure.


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