Enchantments

By Linda Ferri; John Casey (Translator); Maria Sanminiatelli (Translator)
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400033522, 131pp.)

Publication Date: February 14, 2006

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Description

The narrator of Linda Ferriā€™s charismatic debut is a fortunate daughter, growing up with her family in Italy and France, leading a life of wonder and plenty. There is horseback riding. There are late-night ice cream runs. There are neighbors, friends, and eventually, boys. For the time being, suffering means tickle torture, a lost turtle, or a bossy friend.

But, as she grows, the world around her begins to sharpen. Shadows appear and doubts begin to creep. And finally, the dangers of the adult world come into full view, first with the Paris riots of May, 1968, and then when tragedy strikes much closer to home.

Refreshingly joyful, full of the things that children do, Enchantments is also something much more profound: an exploration of the lasting significance of the impressions of our youth.




About the Author
Linda Ferri coauthored with Nanni Moretti the screenplay "The Son's Room," which won the Palme d'Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and was released by Miramax in 2002. She lives in Italy.

Casey is professor of English Literature at the University of Virginia.

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