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Valeria Parrella

Valeria Parrella

Valeria Parrella was born in 1974 and lives in Naples. Since the publication in 2003 of her debut short story collection, Mosquito and Whale, she has been widely regarded as one of Italy’s most exciting young authors. Parrella is also the author of the novels The White Space (2008) and The Verdict (2007).

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Author of For Grace Received (winner of the 2005 Renato Fusini Prize, the 2006 Zerilli-Marimò City of Rome Prize, and among the finalists for Italy’s most prestigious literary award, the...

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  •  Italian novelist Parrella makes her English-language debut with four stories set in Naples, her hometown.   "Siddhartha" is the slight but engaging account of rough-and-tumble life in a family business, a print shop whose boss does time for mail fraud. Crime figures...
    — Aug 25 2009
  • The plucky women in Parrella's second collection of short stories populate a Naples tipping toward depravity. Recalling early Margaret Atwood, the Italian writer employs wry observations from a feminist perspective that isn't afraid of confronting darkness. In the opener, “Run,”...
    — Aug 3 2009

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