Mathilda Savitch

By Victor Lodato
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312430030, 292pp.)

Publication Date: March 5, 2010

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A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BEST BOOK OF 2009A BOOKLIST BEST BOOK OF 2009A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2009

Fear doesn’t come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bear to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man still on the loose. Her grief-stricken parents have basically been sleepwalking ever since, and it is Mathilda’s sworn mission to shock them back to life. Her strategy? Being bad.

Mathilda decides she’s going to figure out what lies behind the catastrophe. She starts sleuthing through her sister’s most secret possessions—e-mails, clothes, notebooks, whatever her determination and craftiness can ferret out. But she must risk a great deal—in fact, she has to leave behind everything she loves—in order to discover the truth.

Startling, funny, touching, odd, truthful, page-turning, and, in the end, heartbreaking, Mathilda Savitch is an extraordinary debut.




About the Author
Victor Lodato is a playwright, poet and novelist. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and has won numerous awards for his plays, including one from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. "Mathilda Savitch", his first novel, received the PEN USA Literary Award and was named a Best Book of 2009 by "The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist" and "The Globe and Mail". He lives in Tucson and New York City.
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