Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini
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Called to the hospital when his fifteen-year-old daughter, Angela, is injured in a potentially fatal accident, a prominent surgeon sits and waits, silently confessing the affair he had the year Angela was born. As Timoteo’s tale begins, he’s driving to the beach house where his beautiful, accomplished wife, Elsa, is waiting. Car trouble forces him to make a detour into a dingy suburb, where he meets Italia–unattractive, unpolished, working-class–who awakens a part of him he scarcely recognizes. Disenchanted with his stable life, he seizes the chance to act without consequences, and their savage first encounter spirals into an inexplicable obsession. Returning again and again to Italia’s dim hovel, he finds himself faced with a choice: a life of passion with Italia, or a life of comfort and predictability with Elsa. As Angela's life hangs in the balance, Timoteo's own life flashes before his eyes, this time seen through the lens of the one time he truly lived.


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About Margaret Mazzantini

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MARGARET MAZZANTINI was born in Ireland and lives in Italy with her husband, the director Sergio Castellitto. Don’t Move won Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Premio Strega; it is the author’s second novel.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 370 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Italia becomes an unlikely love object for Timoteo, whose father has recently died, leaving him an “orphan.” He never liked his father, who was also attracted to solitary, unattractive women.

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With this story of a tragic romance, as told by a father to his comatose teenage daughter, Italian actress and novelist Mazzantini plays with the choices people make as they construct narratives, especially what they remember and tell in times of crisis.

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A surgeon recalls the crucial moments of his life as his own teenage daughter lies on the operating table, hovering between life and death, in the tense Italian drama "Don't Move."

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A surgeon recalls the crucial moments of his life as his own teenage daughter lies on the operating table, hovering between life and death, in the tense Italian drama "Don't Move."

Mar 12 2004 | Read Full Review of Don't Move: A Novel

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