Published March 29th 2011 by Penguin Books
(first published July 1st 2008)
La solitudine dei numeri primi
0143118595 (ISBN13: 9780143118596)
Premio Strega (2008), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Nominee for Preis der Jugendjury (2010), Premio Campiello Opera Prima (2008)
Mattia and Alice are scarred by incidents that happened as young children, Alice from a ski accident that left her crippled and Mattia from the dissappearance of his sister. Yet they find each other, two prime numbers, "kindred damaged spirits." A meeting later in life forces them to face all of their emotions, but can they find a way to be together.
I have know about this book since it first debuted but something about it never quite caught my attention, until recently when I found it on a bargain book pile at Barnes and Noble, for $3.98 I will read it. I flew to Washington DC over the weekend and thought my time in the airports and on the plane would be the perfect time to immerse myself into this book. I may have been wrong. I didn't dislike this novel but I was not affected by it in the way I had hoped to be. It is beautifully written, the translation from Italian to English is flawless and the characters are unique and fascinating in their own ways. However, I never felt a real connection between Alice and Mattia, they seemed to only be friends cause neither one had anyone else.
I also would have liked to have had more background into their tragedies, more details as those events shaped them more than anything that happened in the novel.
I did find the writers characterization of Alice to be very authentic, his ability to write as a women was impressive and the stories of Alice and the mean girls was very realistic and some of the more moving parts of the book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, it didn't leave me with any strong feelings but was a worthwhile read. I rated it four stars on good reads.