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11 Short Novels from Around the World that You Can Read in One Sitting

Author: Frances Yackel
Newspaper: Electric Lit
Date: Jun 24 2019

Domenico Starnone pairs together two opposites in this suspenseful novella, when a disillusioned grandfather reluctantly leaves the comfort of his home to take care of his precocious grandson. The old man, an illustrator, is too preoccupied with a deadline from his editor to properly look after the young boy who goes to great lengths for attention and companionship. This dangerous mix of carelessness and craftiness will keep you on your toes up until the boy plays the titular trick. Read an excerpt from the novel recommend by Jhumpa Lahiri here.