After a harrowing voyage from Italy, during which his mother died, seven-year-old Vittorio arrives in Canada with his newborn half-sister, and is reunited with his estranged father, a dark, isolated, and angry figure he hardly knows. The story that follows spans two decades of Vittorio’s life within an immigrant Italian farming community in Southwestern Ontario, through his university years, and then into Africa where he goes to teach. At the centre of Vittorio’s existence is his strained relationship with his father and with his half-sister, Rita. In a Glass House is a haunting tale about perseverance and longed-for redemption. Ricci juxtaposes the intimate, complex world of family, with “its shadowy intricate web of alliances,” against the dislocations of the immigrant experience. The result is a richly textured and memorable novel.
|Publisher:||McClelland & Stewart|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Nino Ricci was born in Leamington, Ontario, in 1959. His first novel, Lives of the Saints (1990), won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the F.G. Bressani Prize. The novel was also a long-time national bestseller, and was followed by the highly acclaimed In a Glass House (1993) and Where She Has Gone (1997), which was shortlisted for the prestigious Giller Prize. His most recent novel is Testament (2002). Ricci holds a B.A. from York University and an M.A. from Concordia University. He is a past president of PEN Canada.
Nino Ricci lives in Toronto.
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The first book of a trilogy always seems to be the best!!!
This is the middle book of a trilogy. The first book is Lives of the Saints, and the final one is Where She Has Gone.In this novel, we see young Vittorio arrive in Canada with his new born sister. His mother has died in childbirth on the boat. Vittorio must struggle to reconnect with his father, whom he hasn't seen in many years, as he adjusts to a new culture. These adjustments are complicated by the fact of baby Rita, who is not Vittorio's father's daughter.This is a moving story. The novel is driven by the characters and by family relationships. Mr. Ricci is able to draw the reader into various situations and create empathy for the characters even if you don't agree with them. On a personal note, I read the final book first. I then read the first one and the second one. I think I enjoyed the trilogy more knowing how it ended. "Back stories" have a unique charm and gave me a different perspective. As George Lucas knows!
This is a story of a young Italian boy named Vittorio, or Victor, He comes to Canada from Italy with his family, and now that he is there, everything is different. He must go to school, learn English and work on his father¿s farm, all new concepts to him. It tells of Italian culture as well as Canadian culture, showing the many differences between the two as a young boy struggles to survive with new people who speak a new language in a new world. He fights family problems, such as his dad leaving for days at a time and his mother leaving his newborn baby sister.