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Mathilda Savitch

by Victor Lodato

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Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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. Like now, it's night, not yet time for bed but too late to be outside, and the two of them reading reading reading with their eyes moving like the lights inside a copy machine. When I was helping put the dishes in the washer tonight, I broke a plate. I said sorry Ma it slipped. But it didn't slip, that's how I am sometimes, and I want to be worse ....
Awful is easy if you make it your one and only.


Fear doesn't come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bring themselves to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man who is still on the loose. But after a year of spying and provocations, she's no closer to the truth than she was the day it happened. When Mathilda finally cracks Helene's e-mail password, a secret life opens up, one that swiftly draws her into a world of clouded motives and strange emotion. Somewhere in it lies the key to waking her family up from their dream of grief. To cross into that underworld and see what her sister saw, she has to risk everything that matters to her.

Mathilda Savitch is furious, awkward, and tender; Mathilda Savitch is a compelling page-turner and the debut of an extraordinary novelistic talent.

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"Starred Review. [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." - Publishers Weekly

"Crossover potential could be limited by some PG-13 material, but both mature adolescents and adult readers will find much to love in Lodato's remarkable creation." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. Engaging and humorous yet grappling with serious issues, this novel details a girl's distorted view of events and the people around her. The treatment is mature and literary, but this title could almost be a YA novel." - Library Journal

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Victor Lodato Author Biography

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Victor Lodato is a playwright, poet, and novelist. His book, Mathilda Savitch, was hailed by The New York Times as "a Salingeresque wonder of a first novel" and was deemed a "Best Book of the Year" by The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, and The Globe and Mail. The novel won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, and has been published in sixteen countries.

Victor is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Princess Grace Foundation, The Camargo Foundation (France), and The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy).

His short fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories.

Victor was born and raised in New Jersey, and ...

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