Nino Ricci’s finely crafted second novel — following his award-winning Lives of the Saints — fulfills and expands upon the promise of that debut.
As the young Italian boy Vittorio Innocente arrives in the New World, leaving the arms of his dying mother for the troubled haven of his father, he and his half-sister Rita must make their way in a farming community whose ways are both magical and forbidding.
In a Glass House is a novel rich in language and insight. A mature extension of Lives of the Saints, it gives us a compelling portrait of the immigrant experience as well as a profound exploration of the notion of family and of home.
Praise for In a Glass House
“Splendidly, even forcefully written, this is a novel which nags at the soul.”— Glasgow Herald
“Powerful, fascinating and ultimately endearing.”
— The Good Book Guide
“Compelling in its artistry…[Ricci is] an extraordinarily subtle writer.”
— The Guardian
“Ricci has written a profound essay on the human soul.”
— Sunday Telegraph
“Full of sensitive, insightful writing…a strongly voiced and engaging book… Ricci’s observation about family dynamics…are frequently elegant.” — The Boston Sunday Globe
— The Los Angeles Times
“A superbly sad story…Nino Ricci’s triumph.”
— Washington Post
“In A Glass House is a haunting, lyrical, intelligent coming-of-age novel…the acuity of its observations, the eloquence of its prose and the hard-earned wisdom of its final pages make it a genuine achievement.”
— The New York Times Book Review
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