Like Family by Paolo Giordano (and give-away)


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Each of us was fabricating a small, personal consolation. There is nothing more we can do when faced with someone’s death except devise some extenuating circumstances for it, attributing to the deceased one final gesture of thoughtfulness toward us and arranging the coincidences in some rational order.

Like Family is a beautiful tribute that reads more like a memoir than a novel. Giordano himself admits that Mrs. A. truly existed, and from his story we feel we once knew her ourselves.

Surely we know a woman who effected our lives deeply: a mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, or nanny. Their care of us was less than perfect, but all the more cherished for its intensity.

Mrs. A. comes to care for Nora in her bedridden pregnancy, and she stays to be the nanny for Emanuele once he was born. The home runs smoothly under her ministrations; her strength of character and will demand no less.

When she is too tired to come, one day, and ultimately is diagnosed with cancer, the family understands how much she has meant to each one.

Giordano reflects on this woman’s life, but through a lens in which he also examines his own. It is a beautiful story, which in turn causes me to ponder my own life, remembering those who have held an important place in it. And its publication on December 1, 2015, make it a timely gift for Christmas, which is a time when we are most inclined to think of those who have so deeply touched our lives.

Viking has allowed me to offer a copy of Like Family by Paolo Giordano, who is also the author of The Human Body and The Solitude of Prime Numbers, to a US address only. Please leave a comment indicating your desire should you wish to be entered in the random drawing. I will announce the winner a week from today.

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16 thoughts on “Like Family by Paolo Giordano (and give-away)

  1. Having just moved through another holiday, pondering the fact that my own family is gone, I think this would be an appropriate read. Once there is no family, “like family” takes on a whole other meaning: deeper, and more tender. I’m interested in any book wiith a title like, “The Solitude of Prime Numbers.” Have you read it? Any opinion?

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  2. This sounds like a lovely book, Meredith. It will be two years (on the 15th) since I lost my stepdad to cancer. He wasn’t just “like family,” but very much “family” and I miss him terribly. I think this novel would be just perfect for a December read. Kindly throw my name in the hat and thank you for bringing this book to my attention. I’ll be on the look out for copies of it in the store this coming week.

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  3. Im currently at a professional health conference focusing on indigenous health issues. I am reminded that ‘Family’ means different things to different people and cultures. Some of my best friends are gay, and family means something a little different for them, but none the less – important. Sounds like a great read. I’d be interested in a copy. Also sounds like something others in my circles would enjoy. 🙂

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  4. Giordano has been on my list for a while. This sounds like a lovely read, and the cover is just gorgeous. I think I know just the person who might like this for Christmas. And maybe I’m lucky enough to win a copy in your giveaway. Thank you.

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  5. This sounds wonderful. I’ve been lucky enough to have some strong, influential women in my life, who I truly miss now they’re gone. Some were blood relatives, some weren’t, but all were family. Please enter me in the draw 🙂

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  6. Bellezza, this really sounds like a beautiful book! Although I would love to win a copy, I will share your generous giveaway with my readers, by adding it to me blog’s sidebar. Thanks for hosting this terrific giveaway!

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  7. i read very little translated fiction. This looks like a great one to add to that tiny list. Please add my name in the drawing. And thanks to Viking for allowing you to offer this giveaway.

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  8. This captivating and unforgettable story would be a treasure to read and enjoy. Novels which are profound and involve family are meaningful and special. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

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  9. Hi. Just found your cool site after TJ’s shoutout to it from the Heidi review. And yes I’d like to be considered for a copy of Giordana’s new one. I had just talked about this book on my site and enjoyed the author’s first novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers. What a quirky but heartfelt writer.

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