"An exotic touch of intrigue arises in THE ITALIAN TEACHER...?eliciously ironic and deeply affectionate."—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
A masterful novel about the son of a great painter striving to create his own legacy, by the bestselling author of The Imperfectionists.
Conceived while his father, Bear, cavorted around Rome in the 1950s, Pinch learns quickly that Bear's genius trumps all. After Bear abandons his family, Pinch strives to make himself worthy of his father's attention—first trying to be a painter himself; then resolving to write his father's biography; eventually settling, disillusioned, into a job as an Italian teacher in London. But when Bear dies, Pinch hatches a scheme to secure his father's legacy—and make his own mark on the world.
With his signature humanity and humor, Tom Rachman examines a life lived in the shadow of greatness, cementing his place among his generation's most exciting literary voices.
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"Captivating dialogue abounds in this entertaining audiobook about a son's efforts to meet the expectations of his father, one of the world's greatest artists. At its core, Rachman's novel is the story of Baer, a painter who believes he has no equal, and Pinch, his son, whose efforts to impress his father are repeatedly dashed by the ego-driven man. Narrator Sam Alexander skillfully brings this character study to life using accents, inflections, and the right mix of father-son tension and mutual indignation. The story fully blossoms after Baer's death, when Pinch's attempt to create his only legacy leads to unforeseen consequences. Alexander excels in these well-sculpted scenes, bringing to the fore previously suppressed emotions and ambitions that will not easily be forgotten. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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