Three Light-Years A Novel

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/2015
  • Publisher: Picador

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A quietly devastating novel about the pain of hidden secrets and the cost of surrendered love

Cecilia and Claudio are doctors at the same hospital. They eat lunch together, sharing conversation and confidences. Each is recovering from a relationship that has ended but is not yet over: she is a vulnerable, young woman with a complicated family situation and two small children; he continues to live in the same building with his senile mother and his ex-wife and her new family. Though they are drawn together magnetically, life has taught them to treat that attraction with suspicion.

But a chance encounter with Cecilia's sister, Silvia, shifts the precarious balance of the relationship between the two doctors. Claudio begins to see the difficulties inherent in his approach toward life-his weary "Why not?" response, rather than indicating a hunger for life and experiences, is simply a default setting; saying no would require an energy and focus he lacks. And just when Cecilia comes to the realization that she loves Claudio and is ready to commit to a genuine relationship, fate steps in once again.

In lucid, melancholy prose, elegantly rendered into English by Anne Milano Appel, Andrea Canobbio sketches a fable of love poisoned by indecision and ambivalence in Three Light-Years, laying bare the dangers of playing it safe when it comes to matters of the hear

Author Biography

<p><b>Andrea Canobbio</b> was born in Turin, Italy, where he currently lives. An editor at the publishing house Einaudi, where he has headed the foreign fiction department since 1995, he is the author of <i>The Natural Disorder of Things</i> (FSG, 2006); two memoirs; and one collection of short stories. <i>Three Light Years</i> won Italy's prestigious Mondello Prize in 2013. <b>Anne Milano Appel</b>, PhD, is an award winning literary translator. Her latest translations from the Italian include Claudio Magris's <i>Blindly</i>, Goliarda Sapienza's <i>The Art of Joy</i>, and Giovanni Arpino's <i>Scent of a Woman</i>. Her work has been awarded the John Florio Prize for Italian Translation (2012) and the 32nd Northern California Book Award for translation in fiction (2013). </p><p>

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