Set in Toronto and Italy, this powerful sequel to In a Glass House explores the sometimes forbidden aspect of desire and the longing for what is unrecoverable. Victor Innocente remeets his half-sister in Toronto, shortly after his father’s death. Gradually what is unspoken between them comes closer to the surface, setting in motion a course of events that will take Victor back to Valle del Sole in Italy, the place of his birth. It is there that he confronts his past, its secrets and its revelations.
Poignant, gripping, and written in luminous, highly charged prose, Where She Has Gone is unforgettable.
Shortlisted for the Giller Prize.
Praise for Where She Has Gone
“A superb stylist whose unpretentious prose carries an emotional charge that gathers so slowly and surely that we’re surprised to find ourselves so moved by his characters’ stoically borne crises.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Ricci explores the immigrant’s ambivalence concerning home and identity in a sensitive, compelling fashion.” — Library Journal
“Ricci’s poetic prose and fluid plot create a tense and beautiful story whose sad ironies achieve resolution in a haunting conclusion.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Ricci has spun out a delicate and soulful novel.” — TIME
“Ricci is too subtle a writer to slip into melodrama. His assured prose is both naturalistic and lyrical…an accomplished and moving work.”
— The New York Times Book Review
“Outstanding…the work of a writer arrived at startling maturity…The novel’s language and rhythms are quietly extraordinary, both loose-limbed and intense, moving with fluid grace between the sharp here and now of Toronto or rural Italy and the brooding landscape of Victor’s mind…vibrant with life.” — Times Literary Supplement
“Ricci manipulates our expectations with an adept, steady hand.”
— Time Out London
“Absorbing and moving.” — The Sunday Times
“The smooth surface of Ricci’s prose belies the novel’s richness as it builds surely and lucidly towards a poignant, bittersweet conclusion: Ricci’s exploration of the rupture between old world and new is masterful.”
— The Observer
“Where She Has Gone casts a spell of its own, a spell of fierce beauty and tragic loss.” — Financial Post
“Ricci’s prose, like his earlier novel, is beautifully accessible, rich in imagery, balanced in its approach to plot and meaning.”
— The London Free Press
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