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Donatella Di Pietrantonio

Donatella Di Pietrantonio

Donatella Di Pietrantonio lives in Penne, Abruzzo. Her short fiction has been published by Granta Italy, and her novel, Bella mia, was nominated for the Strega Prize and won the Brancati Prize. A Girl Returned, her third novel, won the Campiello Prize. A Sister’s Story was a finalist for the 2021 Strega Prize.

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Latest reviews

  • “[Di Pietrantonio’s] searing and lively narration reaches new heights.”
    — Cleveland Review of Books, Jun 29 2022
  • “The sisters from the author’s previous novel, A Girl Returned—a stoic narrator and her fiery younger sister, Adriana—reappear in this unsettling companion tale.”

    — The New Yorker, Jun 6 2022
  • “The talented team of prize-winning author Di Pietrantonio and translator Goldstein once again bring an immersion experience of Italian family and culture, a strong sense of place, and the intricacies and mysteries of intimate relationships in understated, vivid prose.”
    — Booklist, Apr 11 2022
  • “Another simmering, intense novel of dysfunctional relationships and destructive secrets that proves equally strong as a companion sequel or standalone title.”
    — Shelf Awareness, Feb 17 2022
  • “A thought provoking and sensitive book [ . . .] A Girl Returned is a moving story of a vulnerable girl somewhat lost in the machinations of her greater family.”
    — TripFiction, Nov 12 2020
  • “Set against the rugged landscape of Abruzzo, Italy, A Girl Returned explores the arbitrariness of origin and family relationships, and questions whether we really belong anywhere.”
    — New Statesman, Jul 3 2019
  • “...a captivating tale about the trials of settling down, fitting in and battling on amid emotional upheaval.”
    — The Economist, Jun 29 2019
  • The Washington Post “Book Club” newsletter highlights their review of A GIRL RETURNED with an interview with Ann Goldstein, commenting of the novel "It has a bit of a Ferrante feel.”
    — Washington Post Book Club, Jun 28 2019
  • “Di Pietrantonio [has a] lively way with a phrase (the translator, Ann Goldstein, shows the same sensitivity she does with Elena Ferrante) [and] a fine instinct for detail.”
    — Washington Post, Jun 13 2019
  • “A gripping, deeply moving coming-of-age novel; immensely readable, beautifully written, and highly recommended.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), May 12 2019
  • “Di Pietrantonio’s exquisite novel (translated by Elena Ferrante translator Ann Goldstein) begins with an unnamed 13-year-old girl suddenly sent away from the family she thought was hers, to her birth family in Abruzzo, Italy, who seem anything but welcoming.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Apr 22 2019


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