Synopses & Reviews
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND NOVEL FROM THE WRITER EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL (STATION ELEVEN) CALLS SHARP, WITTY, AND IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING
Is a new life possible? Because Shira Greene s life hasn t quite turned out as planned. She s a single mom living withher daughter and her gay friend, Ahmad.Her PhD on Dante sVita Nuovahasn t gotten her a job, and her career as a translator hasn t exactly taken offeither.
But then she gets a call from aNobel Prize-winning Italian poet who insistsshe s the only one who cantranslatehis newest book.
Stunned, Shira realizes that just like that her lifecan change.She seesa new beginning beckoning: academic glory, demand for her translations, and even love (her good luck has made her feel more open to theentreaties of a neighborhood indie bookstore owner).
There s only one problem: It all hinges on the translation, and as Shira starts working on theexquisitely intricate passages of the poet s book, she realizes that it may in fact be, well ... impossible to translate.
A deft, funny, and big-hearted novel about second chances, Good on Paperis a grand novel of family, friendship, and possibility."