Sagittarius by Natalia Ginzburg


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A mother decides to follow her daughter to the city, she settles in the suburbs with her older daughter and son-in-law in tow. She quickly grows restless and is eager to find new friends. Brassy, bossy and perpetually dissatisfied she strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Scilla, and soon the two women are planning to open an art gallery. But there is more to Scilla than meets the eye. After a series of afternoons spent at bars having coffee granitas with cream, and at Scilla’s apartment on Via Tripoli, it quickly becomes apparent that the connections and the cultured life promised by Scilla may never materialise, despite always being just within reach. What proceeds is a story of the dissolution of a family, and the role that class plays in its downfall. Sagittarius is the story of misplaced confidence and ambition gone awry, recounted by a wary daughter.