A Girl Returned – by Donatella Di Pietrantonio

“I was the Arminuta, the girl returned. I spoke another language, I no longer knew who I belonged to. The word ‘mama’ stuck in my throat like a toad. And, nowadays, I really have no idea what kind of place mother is. It is not mine in the way one might have good health, a safe place, certainty.”

A Girl Returned was my first read by the Italian writer Donatella Di Pietrantonio. It was a beautifully written and translated novel from an award- winning writer.

However I must say it’s not unpredictable. I’ve come to realize one of the factors that makes a great novel for me is an unpredictable storyline or ending.

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.

T. Hoang July 2019

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