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Author: Genni Gunn
ISBN: 1897109431
Subcategory: Literary
Pages 256 pages
Publisher Signature Editions; 1st Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
Language English
Category: Fiction
Rating: 4.1
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by Genni Gunn

ISBN 978-1897109-72-4. No part of this book may be reproduced, for any reason, by any means, without the permission of the publisher. Cover design by Doowah Design.

Gunn succeeds in making us curious; and she succeeds in making us care about the characters. Solitaria is a deeply moving, intellectually stimulating, complex and fully realized novel. -BC BOOKWORLD, Winter 2010. the poverty, the clearly defined sex roles, vendettas, and she manages to have seven.

by. Genni Gunn (Goodreads Author). Author of five works of fiction (3 novels and 2 short story collections), 1 book of creative nonfiction, 2 books of poetry, 2 collections of poetry of Dacia Maraini translated from Italian, and an opera libretto - the opera (music by John Oliver) was produced by Chants Libres in Montreal, 2007.

Genni Gunn is a writer, musician and translator. Born in Trieste, Italy, she came to Canada when she was eleven. She has published nine books: three novels – Solitaria, Tracing Iris and Thrice Upon a Time, two short story collections – Hungers and On The Road, two poetry collections – Faceless and Mating in Captivity, and translated from the Italian two collections of poems. Two of her books have also been translated into Italian

Gunn does a great job introducing these elderly siblings and their children. In fact, when the novel takes us into narratives of the past, when I met these same characters as children I felt a bit of glee in meeting them at that stage of their lives, so nicely drawn are they at the beginning of the book, though they are introduced only briefly.

Genni Gunn’s novel, Solitaria, is told primarily during . The pace of the book is slow at times, especially those chapters which deal with the modern day relationships. Genni Gunn is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing. profile page author page.

Genni Gunn’s novel, Solitaria, is told primarily during the 1940s in the first person voice of Piera, a solitary and intractable woman who is the matriarch of her family. Donna Piera – La Solitaria, as she is referred to by the townspeople – is not docile or senile, ill or still.

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Publication City/Country United States. Genni Gunn is a writer, musician and translator. Born in Trieste, she came to Canada when she was eleven. She has published eight books: two novels-"Tracing Iris" and "Thrice Upon a Time," two short story " and "On The Road," two poetry collections- "Faceless" and "Mating in Captivity.

Solitaria is a riveting tale of sacrifice and obligation, of vision and revision, of vengeance, betrayal, and ultimately, redemption. Through the brilliantly quixotic voice of Piera, Gunn enlivens the Italy of the 1940s and deftly draws us into the complex, compelling story of la Solitaria. With a filmmaker's eye for sharp shifts in point of view and a master storyteller's ear for spoken and unspoken truths, Gunn keeps us wondering to the very end, Who in this family can we believe?

Well written, but too melodramatic for my taste. For me, the story did not ring true. I would look forward to more mature work by this author.
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At an abandoned villa in Fregene, Italy, a seaside town on the Adriatic near Bari, a work crew accidentally unearths a body. Tests identified the gun-shot riddled body as that of Vito Santoro, a man presumed immigrated to Argentina decades earlier, and missing since the 1950's. The news rocks the Santoro family. As the family gathers from all corners of the world, its matriarch, Piera, locks herself in her room and refuses to speak to anyone other than her nephew, David, from Canada. She is the only one who knows the circumstances surrounding Vit's death. To David, Piera slowly begins to reveal the family secrets of the past.

With flashbacks to post-war Italy, David learns about the hard luck life of the Santoro family - the unfaithful father, a mother in the throes of depression, and of their children, each of whom struggles towards adulthood desirous of their own needs. Slowly, through Piera and David's conversation, he learns the darkest of family secrets, about love a love unrequited, and his true bloodlines.

This story captivates the reader from the very first pages. Told, with vividness and emotion, while being rich in its simplicity and ripe with emotion, this dark mystery unfolds slowly, entrancing the reader, luring them to its shocking ending. The novel explores poverty and human failure, vice and love, incest and death. It is a deeply intellectual story, moving but fulfilling.

The author, Genni Gunn, is of Italian roots, having been born in Trieste and having travelled extensively throughout Italy. Therefore, readers can be assured of the authentic Italian feel within the story concerning cultural and historical issues of the time. Ms. Gunn has been a finalist for the prestigious CBC Literary Awards, has published nine books: three novels, including Tracing Iris, which is being made into a film, and numerous short stories and poetry collections, one of which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award. But, her talents do not end there. The author has also produced an opera, Alternate Visions, which premiered in Montreal in 2007. Her poem, "Hot Summer Nights," was turned into classical vocal music and has been widely performed all over the world.

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Genni Gunn's new novel, Solitaria is a pleasure. Piera, the main character, is wonderful - well-intentioned in a way that only the narcissistic can be, poignant, very badly behaved, holding secrets and keys that are always subject to subjectivity. She is nicely counterpointed by her too dispassionate though affectionate nephew from Canada, the only person to whom she will reveal the key to the mystery - the story behind a body uncovered during renovations of a house on the Italian coast - the oldest brother in a family of 7. The story of the family is absorbing - I could see every two room house by the railway tracks among the scrub, the menace of the tracks nearby, the kids slightly out of control, the tired but very sexual parents. The writing is clear, lively, evocative. The structure with the discovery of the body and then taking the whole novel to reveal what happened worked beautifully ' I never felt manipulated and always just impatient enough. Gunn does a good job of describing the grinding poverty rural Italians experienced during and after World War II, often having only bread and wild dandelions with a teaspoon of oil to get by on. This is a world where sibling rivalry and resentment is much more real than the thin layer of expected familial love we project on the image screen we turn outward. Absorbing, pleasureable, intriguing.