Inverno

A Novel

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Pub Date 09 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2024

Description

A daring, heartbreaking novel, Inverno is the book that J. D. Salinger’s Franny Glass might have written a few decades into her adulthood.

Caroline waited for fifteen minutes in the snow. After a little time had passed, she was simply waiting to see what would happen. It was entirely possible he would not come. If he did not come, she would be in a different story than the one she had imagined, but it was possible, she knew, to imagine anything.


Inverno is a love story that stretches across decades. Inverno is also the story of Caroline, waiting in Central Park in a snowstorm for her phone to ring, yards from where, thirty years ago, Alastair, as a boy, hid in the trees. Will he call? Won’t he? The story moves the way the mind does: years flash by in an instant—now we are in the perilous world of fairy tale, now stranded anew in childhood, with its sorrows and harsh words. Ever present are the complicated negotiations of the heart.

This brilliantly original novel by Cynthia Zarin, author of An Enlarged Heart, is a kaleidoscope in which the past and the present shatter. Elliptical and inventive in the mode of Elizabeth Hardwick’s Sleepless Nights, Inverno is miraculous and startling. It asks, How does love make and unmake a life?

A daring, heartbreaking novel, Inverno is the book that J. D. Salinger’s Franny Glass might have written a few decades into her adulthood.

Caroline waited for fifteen minutes in the snow. After a...


A Note From the Publisher

Cynthia Zarin is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Ada Poems and Orbit, as well five books for children and two essay collections, Two Cities and An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History. Her honors include a Guggenheim Memorial Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Literature, the Peter B. Lavan Award, an Ingram Merrill Award for Poetry, and The Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker, Zarin teaches at Yale University. She lives in New York City.

Cynthia Zarin is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Ada Poems and Orbit, as well five books for children and two essay collections, Two Cities and An Enlarged Heart: A Personal...


Advance Praise

"A brilliant incantation to undying love, where love is a promise that time can't keep but cannot break. Love does not heal, is not muted by regrets, shame, or denial, and is forever revived where we wanted it chilled and dead. To use Cynthia Zarin’s word, love annihilates." —André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name

"Cynthia Zarin’s Inverno is a dazzlingly beautiful, heartbreaking invocation of love, life, and the infinite ways in which the two intersect. Writers capable of producing fabulous prose are rare. Writers who bring a laser-sharp eye to the complexities of living in the world among others, and to the various collisions of past and present, are rare as well. A writer like Zarin, who can do both, is the rarest of all. I loved every line in this book." —Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours and A Wild Swan and Other Tales

"Haunting, elegant, driven through with yearning and simmering tension: this is a beautifully evocative reckoning with the memories, repetitions and fictions that form our lives." —Francesca Wade, author of Square Haunting: Five Women Writers in London Between the Wars

"A brilliant incantation to undying love, where love is a promise that time can't keep but cannot break. Love does not heal, is not muted by regrets, shame, or denial, and is forever revived where we...


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