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Donatella Di Pietrantonio

Donatella Di Pietrantonio

Born in Teramo Province, Abruzzo, Donatella Di Pietrantonio completed her studies in the provincial capital, Aquila, and now lives in Penne. Her short fiction has been published by Granta Italy, and her novel, Bella mia, was nominated for the Strega Prize and won the Brancati Prize. A Girl Returned, her third novel, won the Campiello Prize.

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  • The unnamed narrator is 13, raised by two affectionate parents in a comfortable city home where she has her own room. School, swim and dance lessons, a nearby best friend, the sea a short walk away are the life she's known. And then, one August afternoon in 1975, she's driven...
    — Shelf Awareness, Jul 15 2019
  • “A captivating tale about the trials of settling down, fitting in and battling on amid emotional upheaval.” “I was the arminuta, the one who was returned.” So says the narrator of Donatella Di Pietrantonio’s third novel (entitled “L’Arminuta” in Italy),...
    — The Economist, Jun 27 2019
  • Di Pietrantonio [has a] lively way with a phrase (the translator, Ann Goldstein, shows the same sensitivity she does with Elena Ferrante) [and] a fine instinct for detail.
    — The Washington Post, Jun 13 2019
  • "Goldstein’s translation flows smoothly, giving American readers a glimpse of a different time and place. Di Pietrantonio’s story has the feel of a memoir as much as literary fiction; it perfectly captures an unusual situation in one girl’s life.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jun 4 2019
  • ”A gripping, deeply moving coming-of-age novel; immensely readable, beautifully written, and highly recommended.”
    — Kirkus Review, May 12 2019

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