The Leonardo da Vinci Society, Museo Italo Americano, and the Italian Cultural Institute
are proud to present:
La Straniera (Strangers I Know), by Claudia Durastanti
Monday, March 28th 6:00PM Live
A book presentation by the author in person
A work of fiction about being a stranger in your own family and life.
Every family has its own mythology, but in this family none of the myths match up. Claudia’s mother says she met her husband when she stopped him from jumping off a bridge. Her father says it happened when he saved her from an attempted robbery. Both parents are deaf but couldn’t be more different; they can’t even agree on how they met, much less who needed saving.
Kinetic, formally dazzling, and spectacularly original, this book is a funny and profound portrait of an unconventional family that makes us look anew at how language shapes our understanding of ourselves.
Claudia Durastanti is an Italian writer and translator. She was shortlisted for the 2019 Strega Prize, and Viareggio Prize. She graduated from the Sapienza University of Rome, and studied at De Montfort University. Her work appeared in Internazionale. and Los Angeles Review of Books.