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 each other 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 can see coming.
Cast of Narrators:
"Lizzie" read by Talia Balsam
"Taylor" read by Katie Finneran
"Finn" read by Darren Goldstein
"Michael" read by John Slattery
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by Delia Ephron
by Delia Parr
by Shelby Hearon
by Al Gore
"This stylishly written and razor-sharp novel of manners is perfect for audio since the achievement and pleasure of the book comes from the crossruff among four different voices as each tells his or her version of what happened in Siracusa. Michael and Lizzie, a childless couple from New York, travel to Italy with Taylor and Finn, a not-very-happy couple from Portland, Maine, with their young daughter, Snow. Finn and Lizzie know each other entirely too well, we soon learn, and none of the others have read each other well, not even beautiful, precocious, creepy little Snowy. Each adult is voiced by a different narrator, and all four hit their marks with wonderful crispness and understanding of the characters they play. An absolutely delicious listen. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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