Siracusa by Delia Ephron


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Ephorn manages to keep the reader in suspense and in awe of the characters, despite the many flaws that plague their actions.
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A New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Bestseller • A USA Today Bestseller • One of Vulture’s 100 Greatest Beach Books Ever • A People Magazine Summer Reading Pick • One of Elle, InStyle, and Marie Claire’s Best of July

“Delia Ephron’s Siracusa is a stunning portrait of two marriages coming unraveled during the stress of travel abroad. Insightful and engaging. A must-read!” 
—Sue Grafton, author of 

Siracusa is an Italian aria, a Greek tragedy and a modern American master­piece written by Delia Ephron at the height of her powers. This is a story of two complicated marriages, one vulnerable child, and a trip to Italy that changes each of their lives forever. Secrets, lies, love raging, love dying, and the shame of unrealized potential are exposed in detail under the Sicilian sun. And, like the Moro blood oranges that grow there with abandon, the taste is both sour and sweet at once, but the bitterness that remains is not only haunting but unforgettable.” 
—Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife 

Siracusa is an unusually crackling, tricky journey into the distant land of other people’s marriages: their secrets, paradoxes, weaknesses, and plea­sures. Delia Ephron writes like a warm-blooded Patricia Highsmith, her sto­ry’s treachery matched by a deep and easy feel for the various human, imperfect ways that people find themselves bound together, and sometimes painstakingly unbind themselves. An absorbing, tense, and original novel.” 
—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings 

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astute­ness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

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About Delia Ephron

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DELIA EPHRON is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You've Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan), Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child, and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, MORE, and The Huffington Post. Recently, she collaborated with Nora Ephron on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which ran for two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world, including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney.
Published July 12, 2016 by Blue Rider Press. 301 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 03 2016

Taylor detests their no-star hotel, and Lizzie fails to suspect anything even when she sees Kath wearing a man’s shirt identical to Michael’s and carrying a copy of The Red and the Black. As the clues pile up, the coming storm is expertly foreshadowed—but when it arrives, it's utterly surprising.

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Publishers Weekly

on Aug 07 2016

Ephron's bringing together her beautifully developed characters and placing them out of their comfort zone, adding drama from the past mixed with drama of the present and never losing a sense of humor makes for a wonderful book.

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Publishers Weekly

on Aug 07 2016

...undertakes a seductive and edgy dissection of two imploding marriages...Ephron’s brilliant takedown of marital and familial pretense.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michelle wildgen on Aug 02 2016

Abnormal psychology may not reveal Ephron, a seasoned novelist, screenwriter, essayist and humorist, at her merciless best, but she excels at characters’ unintended comedy, their emotional warfare and witty observations of travel and consumption.

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Reviewed by Paul LaRosa on Jul 30 2016

Watching the grown-ups very carefully is 10-year-old Snow who has a flat affect and doesn’t say much. But she’s doing a lot more than watching as Ephron reveals. Siracusa is an easy, engaging read that should find itself on many vacation reading lists.

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Reviewed by Adriana Delgado on Jul 17 2016

Ephorn manages to keep the reader in suspense and in awe of the characters, despite the many flaws that plague their actions.

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Reviewed by Julia M. Klein on Jul 07 2016

In the end, “Siracusa,” like life, is a tad disappointing, its culminating disaster coming as something of an anticlimax. In its wake, we get neither love triumphant, nor justice, nor even a tragic catharsis – just a marital dissolution and some petty literary vengeance.

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