By Andrea Canobbio
A fable of love poisoned by indecision, laying bare the dangers of playing it safe in matters of the heart.
Cecilia and Claudio are doctors at the same hospital. Neither has been lucky in love and both live in the shadow of broken marriages. Cecilia has two children to focus on, while Claudio has little of substance in his life, and is entranced from the moment they meet.
Friendship comes naturally: they eat lunch together almost every day, they talk, sometimes even share secrets. But when their slow-burning passion finally boils over into action, Cecilia hesitates, and pushes her shy admirer away.
And so fate intervenes, allowing a chance encounter to blossom into a love triangle that will tear them apart just as surely - in a bittersweet twist - as it must bring them together.
Narrated by Claudio's son, the fruit of this fandango, looking back on how his father met his mother, Three Light-Years is an irrepressibly wry and impeccably observed love story, warning of the perils of playing it safe in matters of the heart.
Andrea Canobbio was born in Turin, Italy, where he currently lives. An editor at the publishing house Einaudi, where he has headed the foreign fiction department since 1995, he is the author of The Natural Disorder of Things (MacLehose Press, 2008); two memoirs; and one collection of short stories. Three Light-Years won Italy's prestigious Mondello Prize in 2013.
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01 Dec 2016
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Exhilaratingly passionate . . . Lush and meditative. — Nathan Englander
Italo Calvino meets Paul Auster. — Boyd Tonkin, Independent
Andrea Canobbio's remarkable novel [...] avoids the obvious pitfalls, largely as a result of [Canobbio's] acuity and inventiveness, the specificity and density of his detail, the elegance of his style, and the depth of his psychological insight ... This sort of fiction has consciousness as its subject, and Canobbio's ability to engage us in the consciousness of his characters is what keeps us enthralled. — Francine Prose, New York Review of Books.
The pleasure is in the telling in this eminently wise and satisfying book — Mark Fried, Toronto Star.