The Solitude of Prime Numbers

6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2010. ISBN 978-1-4418-3672-4. $89.97; 6 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Just as a prime number is divisible only by one and itself, so, too, are Mattia and Alice both "primes": social misfits unable to fit others into their lives. Giordano's debut novel, winner of Italy's Premio Strega Award, explores these fascinating characters' inability to overcome the tragedies of their childhoods to form lasting bonds with their families and friends, or with each other. The author's straightforward and concise approach to storytelling is refreshing; actor/narrator Luke Daniels engagingly presents the material. Featuring complex characters worthy of discussion, this short work of literary fiction would make a great book-club pick.—Johannah Genett, Hennepin Cty. Libs., Minneapolis

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