“Husbands and wives collaborate,” Lizzie says, “hiding even from themselves who is calling the shots and who is along for the ride.”
My novel Siracusa follows two couples and a child on vacation in Italy. Michael, a famous writer, and his wife, Lizzie, a journalist, travel with their friends from Maine—Finn, Taylor, and their daughter, Snow.
Told Rashomon-style with alternating points of view, the couples stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. “From the start,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy between Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into the adult drama, becomes a catalyst for catastrophe.
When I was researching Siracusa, I read books that I thought I my characters would read on their vacation, books about Sicily, novels I admired because they had emotional depth and, at the same time, kept you in their grip, riveted, wondering what would happen next. I wanted both things to be true in my book.
Siracusa should provoke intense opinions and discussion because, while it has the pacing of a psychological thriller, it’s also an exploration of marriage, motherhood, friendship, and the meaning of travel. I hope you will find it a lens to examine your own relationships—hopefully in a book club and among friends, with an Aperol Spritz in hand.
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