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Saturday, 30 January 2016

New and Notable: Rachel Cantor's Good on Paper

Rachel Cantor's Shira Greene is a permanent temp and PHD dropout living in Manhattan with her young daughter and best friend Ahmad. Although she has all but abandoned her dreams of literary fame and academic glory she is generally happy with her unconventional yet functional family life. But everything changes when she hears from Romei, the Nobel Prize winning writer and envy of grad students everywhere, with a too-good-to-be-true offer to translate his newest book, Vita Nuova.
"It was suddenly so easy to imagine: exchanging insights and recipes for tiramisu with Romei at the Hungarian Pastry Shop, the translation published to mammoth acclaim, authors calling, begging for my help. I'm booked till 2020! I'd say."
The only problem is that the book may be untranslatable. Finding echoes of her own life eerily appearing throughout the manuscript Greene's world reverberates with Dante's own Vita Nuova, the idea of new life, and the act of translation as a metaphor for how our relationships come to be mediated. Good on Paper, out now from Melville House, promises to be a compelling story on life and literature that I can't wait to read! Try this review on NPR for more!

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