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Answer Me

Author: Susanna Tamaro

The internationally bestselling author of Follow Your Heart uncovers hope in the midst of tragedy in these three utterly transfixing novellas set in Susanna Tamaro’s native Italy.
In “Answer Me,” an orphaned girl with a troubled past desperately searches for a sign that she is loved while cultivating an inner strength that allows her to persevere. In “Hell Does Not Exist,” an abused wife attempts to protect her son, who becomes the source of her greatest joy and her most profound devastation. And in “The Burning Forest,” a widower recounts the unraveling of his marriage and seeks the forgiveness of his estranged daughter. Hauntingly powerful and exquisitely written, Answer Me is a spiritually galvanizing book by a writer of international stature.
“A spare yet intricate tapestry. . . . Superbly translated from the Italian, with prose that blazes with mordant imagery.” –Booklist

“These stories will make your heart skip a beat.” –Donna Moderna (Italy)

“[Tamaro] directs our gaze deep into the interior of her characters. . . . Maybe this is Tamaro’s art, to touch the reader in his most sensitive place, the heart.” –Fragmentum (Germany)

“A touching book that simply and effectively dramatizes metaphysical questions. . . . Tamaro jolts and disturbs us, makes us react and reflect.” –Psychologies (France)

“Provocative. . . . A clear and resonant moral vision.” –Publishers Weekly

“A fine book, dramatically plotted and fascinating to read. . . . A brilliant look at the precariousness of human nature.” –Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy)

Publisher: Bompiani
Publish Date: 2012
Page Count: 201, paperback



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Susanna Tamaro (Trieste, 1957) moved to Rome when she was 19 years old to attend the Experimental Center of Cinematography. After graduating with a degree in film direction, she worked on various television documentaries, and as an assistant to the esteemed Italian director Salvatore Samperi. In 1981, during a month-long stay in a small town on the Austrian-Hungarian border, she wrote her first novel Illmitz, which was refused by over 30 publishers. She was not published until 1989, and her debut novel, Head in the Clouds, won her the Elsa Morante Opera Prima Prize. In 1994, she wrote the bestselling novel Follow Your Heart, which became the most commercially successful Italian book of the century. It sold over 16 million copies in 40 countries, and was adapted into film by Cristina Comencini. She currently lives on a self-sufficient farm in the Umbrian countryside, where she produces honey. In addition to writing, gardening, and practicing martial arts, she devotes her time to various humanitarian projects that assist women and children. In 2000, she founded the Tamaro Foundation, which is funded by donations and her books.
Books of Susanna Tamaro