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Fiction Multiple Timelines

Where She Has Gone

by (author) Nino Ricci

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Sep 1999
Multiple Timelines, Literary, 20th Century
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    Publish Date
    Sep 1999
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Set in Toronto and Italy, this powerful sequel to In a Glass House explores the sometimes forbidden aspect of desire and one’s longing for what is unrecoverable. Victor Innocente remeets his half-sister in Toronto, shortly after his father’s death. Uneasy with their new proximity in each other’s lives, they are at first restrained. But gradually what is unspoken between them comes closer to the surface, setting in motion a course of events that will take Victor back to Valle del Sole in Italy, the place of his birth. It is there, where the story had its strange beginning twenty years earlier, that he confronts his past, its secrets and its revelations. Poignant, gripping, and written in luminous, highly charged prose, Where She Has Gone is an unforgettable novel – for its vivid portrayal of character and place, and for its extraordinarily moving encounter with the past.

About the author

NINO RICCI's best-selling Lives of the Saints (published in the United States as The Book of Saints) won the Governor General's Award for fiction, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the F. G. Bressani Prize. The New York Times Book Review hailed it as “an extraordinary story — brooding and ironic, suffused with yearning, tender and lucid and gritty . . . [The author has] perfect pitch and brilliant descriptive powers.” This was the first book in a trilogy and was followed by In a Glass House — “beautifuly written and tireless in its pursuit of emotional truth” (Times Literary Supplement) — and Where She Has Gone, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize.

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  • Nominated, Scotiabank Giller Prize

Editorial Reviews

“A magnificent novel…beautifully balanced, expertly paced, and executed in a prose that’s so sure, so smooth in its operations, so expressive, that it might be said to thrum with a natural life.”
Quill & Quire (starred review)

“Ricci has spun out a delicate and soulful novel…miraculously fluid and well-shaped, the narrative unspools like a wavering dream.”
“Nino Ricci confirms the wide breadth, dizzying heights and splendorous depths of his talent for telling a spellbinding tale.…”
Toronto Star

Where She Has Gone emerges as an accomplished and moving work.”
New York Times Book Review
“One of the grand achievements of contemporary Canadian writing.…”
Vancouver Sun

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