Nives (Paperback)

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By Sacha Naspini, Clarissa Botsford (Translator)
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After finding her husband face down in the pig pen after a fatal stroke, Nives finds that Giacomina, a chicken, is her only comfort. When one night Giacomina is accidently hypnotized by a television commercial, Nives frantically calls her old friend, the town’s veterinarian to figure how what to do. The conversation they have ends up being about a lot more than a chicken.

— Karen


One of the most exciting new voices in Italian literature brings to life a hauntingly beautiful story of undying love, loss, and resilience, and a fierce, unforgettable new heroine

Meet Nives: widow, Tuscan through-and-through, survivor. Nives has recently lost her husband of fifty years. She didn't cry when she found him dead in the pig pen, she didn't cry at the funeral, but now loneliness has set in. When she decides to bring her favorite chicken inside for company, she is shocked, confused, and a little bit guilty to discover that the chicken's company is a more than adequate replacement for her dead husband.

But one day, Giacomina goes stiff in front of the tv. Unable to rouse the paralyzed chicken, Nives has no choice but to call the town veterinarian, Loriano Bottai, an old acquaintance of hers. What follows is a phone call that seems to last a lifetime, a phone call that becomes a novel. Their conversation veers from the chicken to the past--to the life they once shared, the secrets they never had the courage to reveal, wounds that never healed.

Nives reverberates with the kinds of stories we tell ourselves at night when we cannot sleep: stories of love lost, of abandonment, of silent and heart-breaking nostalgia, of joy, laughter, and despair. With delicate yet sharp prose and raw, astonishing honesty, Sacha Naspini bravely explores the core of our shared humanity.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609456665
ISBN-10: 1609456661
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English