February 16th, 2021
TCLCT February 2021 book club: ‘Family Lexicon’ by Natalia Ginzburg
Natalia Ginzburg wrote her masterful autobiographical novel Family Lexicon while living in London in the 1960s. Homesick for her Italian family, she summoned them in this celebration of the routines and rituals, in-jokes and insults and, above all, the repeated sayings that make up every family.
Our book choice this evening will be introduced by Prof. Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, former Head of Italian at Trinity College Dublin. We are delighted to announce that we will also be joined by the book’s translator, Jenny McPhee.
Intimate, enchanting and humorous, Family Lexicon is an unforgettable novel about language, memory, and the lasting power that family holds over all of us.
‘The places, events and people are all real. I have invented nothing.’ ‘Utterly charming’ – The Guardian
‘A glowing light of modern Italian literature . . . As direct and clean as if it were carved in stone, it yet speaks thoughts of the heart.’- New York Times
November 4th, 2020
In Conversation: Victoria de Grazia and Jenny McPhee
Princeton Public Library presents a recording of Author Victoria de Grazia, as she discusses her recent book, “The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy,” with author Jenny McPhee.