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Mathilda Savitch A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Victor Lodato
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312430035
ISBN-13: 9780312430030
Sku: 213821019
Publish Date: 3/5/2010
Pages:  292
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I want to be awful. I want to do awful things and why not? Dull is dull is dull is my life. (from the first line)
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In his fiction debut, Victor Lodato wholly inhabits the constantly-shifting world of a 12-year-old girl contenting with a family tragedy. Mathilda Savitch, as she admits with gusto right from the start, wants to be bad ("and why not?"). She says it's to make things more interesting, but she also wants to shake her parents out of their grieving stupor. Mathilda, too, still reels from her older sister's mysterious and violent death at the hands of man yet to be brought to justice, and so she decides to do a little sleuthing of her own, digging through her sister's email and in drawers, looking for clues. The world Mathilda uncovers is a dark and confusing one--but so is the world she lives in already. She has to worry about everything from terrorism to unrequited crushes. Lodato's story is as unsettled as this adolescent girl's identity and understanding of the world, making this a somewhat disorienting read. But Mathilda will win readers' hearts, and her funny, frightening, touching story of discovery will keep the pages turning.

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"The first novel from poet and playwright Lodato is a stunning portrait of grief and youthful imagination....Mathilda's observations read like a finely crafted epic poem, whose themes and imagery paint an intricate map of her inner life. She's a metaphysical Holden Caulfield for the terrifying present day." (starred review) 06/08/2009

"At an age where she understands more than most adults realize but is still prone to confusion, the tension between what Mathilda really knows and what she thinks she knows makes for a deliciously uneasy read." - Eryn Loeb 09/01/2009 & 10/01/2009

"Lotado indelibly captures the fragile vulnerability and fearless bravado of adolescence through Mathilda's impeccable voice, one that rages with alienation, frustration, and confusion as much as it aches with hope, wonder, and desire. A phenomenal debut." (starred review) - Carol Haggas 08/01/2009

"[T]his is a delightful and devil of a boo, a tale that fills you with despair and pleasure--often at the same time." - Leigh Newman 09/17/2009

"[A] Salingeresque wonder of a first novel..." - Cameron Martin 03/28/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0292
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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