Set in Toronto and Italy, this powerful sequel to In a Glass House explores the sometimes forbidden aspect of desire and one’s longing for what is unrecoverable. Victor Innocente remeets his half-sister in Toronto, shortly after his father’s death. Uneasy with their new proximity in each other’s lives, they are at first restrained. But gradually what is unspoken between them comes closer to the surface, setting in motion a course of events that will take Victor back to Valle del Sole in Italy, the place of his birth. It is there, where the story had its strange beginning twenty years earlier, that he confronts his past, its secrets and its revelations. Poignant, gripping, and written in luminous, highly charged prose, Where She Has Gone is an unforgettable novel – for its vivid portrayal of character and place, and for its extraordinarily moving encounter with the past.
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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.
Nino Ricci lives in Toronto.
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Where She Has Gone based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Where She Has Gone tells the story of Vittorio and his half-sister, Rita. When Vittorio was a young boy, his father had emigrated from Italy to Canada. His mother had an affair, and died giving birth to Rita. Where She Has Gone deals with the longing to make sense of your personal history. Victor barely remembers his mother, and no one knows the identity of Rita's father. As he searches for the truth, we find that memory is far from perfect; perhaps truth is ultimately a personal decision. Mr. Ricci is an amazing writer. The language just flows like silk. As soon as I'd finished the novel, I immediately re-read the preface, which had haunted me all through the story. I haven't read the trilogy. This story absolutely stands alone.
It was a good book, but I did not find it as good as the first two in the trilogy
Overall, it is possible to categorize Ricci's novel as an account of a young Italian-Canadian undergoing a severe identity crisis. The main protagonist of Ricci's novel, Victor, has returned to Toronto from a tour of duty as a teacher in a country in Africa, and is quite unsure of how to structure his future.. Ricci deftly introduces Victor and two other main characters in the novel: his half sister, Rita, and a young woman, Elena, with whom Rita has shared a major portion of her life. Rita was born to Victor's mother, who had become pregnant while her husband, Victor's father, had been in Canada working to accumulate the funds that would allow him to bring his wife to Canada. Their mother had delivered Rita while on the ship, in passage to Canada. Following the delivery, their mother died as a result of complications of the birth. An early paragraph gathers together many of the strands that provide the thrust of the narrative: 'There was also the codicil to his [their father, who had committed suicide] will that I hadn't told her about, his wish that I use my inheritance to help provide for her if she should need me to. He had neither fathered Rita nor been a father to her, had never really forgiven her for the betrayal she was the product of; but he'd carried the guilt of her to the grave. I ought to have brought the matter up now and made an end of it' (p. 4). Though their father could not completely abrogate responsibility for the daughter of his wife, his treatment of the girl led to the intercession of a social service agency that placed Rita into the home of a family that also had adopted Elena. Their father's guilt apparently led to his having laid a heavy charge on Victor. His father had,. essentially, asked Victor to act as a channel through which some fatherly obligations to Rita might be honored. Victor's breech of the charge, then, added a deep dimension to Victor's efforts to develop a mature self identity. Eventually, Victor's efforts to develop a mature and satisfying identity led him to return to Italy, after an interval of twenty years since he had departed, with his then-pregnant mother, from the small town in Molise. He seems to have been driven by a vague desire to reveal the identity of the person with whom his mother had violated the traditional role of Southern Italian wife by having engaged in the ill-fated tryst. The venture proved unsatisfactory. Among other revelations, Victor determined that he could not build an identity on the base of his family's history of connections to the people of the small town where he had spent his first years with his mother. Indeed, reactions to his mother's long ago failure to meet traditional expectations still played a part in his relationships with remnants of his family. At the end of the novel, Victor's efforts to put an end to the turmoil of his search for an identity allow him to reach a half reasonable resolution, despite his having failed to develop a clear version of a satisfying life narrative. The core of the novel, of course, centers on a set of constructions that were crucial to the lives of many of the participants in l'avventura. The husband of a family travels to the place, in Canada, to which the family is to emigrate, leaving behind a wife and, in many cases, children. If the marriage bond does not forestall extra-marital intimacy, how is the breech to be construed and repaired by the principals? The seriousness with which the principals must approach the Southern Italian views of the meaning of marriage permeates all of Ricci's novel. Victor, struggling with his own breech of trust, relative to his half sister, travels to Italy, haphazardly pursuing the possibility that if he understands his mother's breech, he will somehow find surcease from his own guilt. However one might react to Ricci's entire work, he/she must appreciate the skill with which Ricci interjects descriptions of the ways that his Italian-Canadians (and the people i