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I Give It to You

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I Give It to You by Valerie Martin
Hardcover $27.95
Aug 11, 2020 | ISBN 9780385546393

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Praise

“A novel of philosophical and creative inquiry, cleverly plotted and packed with great characters.”
–The Guardian

“The stories at the heart of Valerie Martin’s latest novel, I Give It to You, are freely, but not always innocently, shared. And what Martin’s narrator does with them raises prickly questions of ownership, artistic license and ethical responsibility.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Martin’s prose, while effortlessly readable, can take deliciously unexpected turns . . . As enticing as the Salviati family’s history is, it’s the sense of a game being played on multiple levels that lends I Give It to You its deepest powers of seduction.”
–The Seattle Times

“Yes, the narrator of Martin’s new novel is a middle-aged American woman vacationing in Tuscany, but this prickly, uncomfortably relevant dive into personal and societal ethics is no escapist romance . . . Martin parses personal and social politics with methodical care and a reserved tone reminiscent of Edith Wharton.”
Kirkus, starred review

“An Italian villa and the family that owns it capture the imagination of an American writer in Martin’s intimate, disquieting latest . . . Martin’s engrossing tale explores relationships among family members and workers over four generations . . . Martin’s masterly descriptions of the villa and its gardens are transportive. Evoking the charms and complexities of 20th-century Italy, Martin offers a thought-provoking reflection on writing, friendship, family, and betrayal.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Valerie Martin has always been a consummate storyteller, but in her new novel she tackles the question of where do a writer’s stories come from. And to whom does a story belong? The person it happened to or the one who tells it. In some ways all writers betray their subjects, and Valerie Martin digs into the heart of that betrayal. Reminiscent of Rachel Cusk’s Outline Martin masterfully gives voice to those who have been silenced, whose stories would be lost were it not for a writer to retell it.”
–Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon

Praise for Sea Lovers:

“She always produces something unexpected and revelatory.”
–Jane Smiley, author of Golden Age

Praise for Ghost of the Mary Celeste:

“A writer of immense talent and insight.”
–Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi
 
“Wonderfully ingenious, compelling, convincing and exciting.”
–John Banville, author of Mrs. Osmond 

Praise for Confessions of Edward Day:

“Martin writes with amplitude, precision, grace, and wit.”
–Margaret Atwood, New York Times Book Review

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