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A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Ann Goldstein

A Girl Returned

Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Ann Goldstein

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Imprint: Europa Editions
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication date: 27 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781609455286
4 stars out of 5
Emily Rhodes
17 Aug 2019

"[a] vivid Italian novel"

This vivid novel begins with the narrator’s recollection of being returned to her birth mother, after learning that the woman who raised her is in fact a distant aunt. Nicknamed “arminuta”, “the one who was returned”, the narrator feels not so much returned as doubly abandoned... This lacerating hurt – conveyed with powerful immediacy in this translation by Ann Goldstein, who also brought Elena Ferrante’s work into English – stings throughout the novel, but also becomes the impetus for resilience and self-determination.