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Meeting in Positano

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Meeting in Positano by Goliarda Sapienza
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May 11, 2021 | ISBN 9781635420432

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“Once too radical for Italy, Goliarda Sapienza is belatedly getting her due…a characteristically intense work of autofiction…Meeting in Positano is a nuanced exploration of happiness, guilt, and the fickleness of human affections.” —New York Times Book Review

“A profoundly intimate book, achingly beautiful, like a warm, lyrical daydream. As I turned the pages I felt as though I were in postwar Positano, brushing the sand and salt from my skin, a silent character in Goliarda’s world of tragic possibility.” —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Meeting in Positano is an absolute dream of a novel. Set on the magical Amalfi Coast, it is full of beauty and yearning, secrets and art. The friendship at the novel’s center is so compelling, and ultimately heartbreaking, I felt I was swept along with Goliarda and Erica, by the dazzling sea, through the Positano nights.” —Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Box

“An elegy for a town and time lost, a Jamesian meditation on class and privacy, an intimate and often glamorous account of a charged friendship, a cry of the heart against the dark pull of oblivion—Meeting in Positano is all of these and more. How lucky we are that this potent novel of ideas by Goliarda Sapienza has been rescued and given its place among her singular literary accomplishments.” —Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men  

“An illuminating story of female friendship, Meeting in Positano has it all: colorful characters, a thought-provoking narrative, and the spectacular setting of the Amalfi Coast. Sapienza’s delightful novel is a small gem and not to be missed!” —Anita Abriel, internationally bestselling author of Lana’s War

“Set amid the landscape of the enchanting, evolving Amalfi coast, Meeting in Positano pays homage to the mystifying and impenetrable affection between two women. It is like reading a love letter from the past, one rife with the truths about friendship that most of us wouldn’t dare utter aloud: desire, envy, nostalgia, adoration. Complex and evocative, this story is not to be missed.” —Sarah Penner, author of The Lost Apothecary

“Goliarda Sapienza’s Meeting in Positano is a gorgeously written meditation on female friendship and human connection, as well as a lyrical ode to Positano, one of the most enchanting places in the world. This lovely book, full of joy, nostalgia, and tragedy, is not to be missed.” —Alyssa Palombo, author of The Borgia Confessions

Praise for The Art of Joy:

“A triumphant account of a resourceful woman…carefree and wise…it’s worth emulating: it’s a novel about how to live instead of how not to, and we could use more of those.” —The New Yorker

The Art of Joy colonizes your attention…Sapienza’s prose is breathless throughout, urgent, driven forward by the twin engines of sex and history…It’s a feast delivered on small plates.” —NPR

“From its explosive, disturbing opening to the quiet cadences of its lyrical close, [The Art of Joy] is crammed with passion, ideas, adventure, and mystery.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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