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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Delia Ephron Narrator: John Slattery, Katie Finneran, Talia Balsam, Darren Goldstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780735208841
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A New York Times Bestseller
One of People Magazine's Top 10 Books of 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 (Fiction)

A Washington Post Bestseller • Los Angeles Times Bestseller • 
USA Today Bestseller • One of Vulture’s 100 Greatest Beach Books Ever • A People Magazine Summer Reading Pick • One of Elle, InStyle, and Marie Claire’s Best of July

“Delia Ephron’s Siracusa is a stunning portrait of two marriages coming unraveled during the stress of travel abroad. Insightful and engaging. A must-read!” 
—Sue Grafton, author of 

Siracusa is an Italian aria, a Greek tragedy and a modern American master­piece written by Delia Ephron at the height of her powers. This is a story of two complicated marriages, one vulnerable child, and a trip to Italy that changes each of their lives forever. Secrets, lies, love raging, love dying, and the shame of unrealized potential are exposed in detail under the Sicilian sun. And, like the Moro blood oranges that grow there with abandon, the taste is both sour and sweet at once, but the bitterness that remains is not only haunting but unforgettable.” 
—Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife 

Siracusa is an unusually crackling, tricky journey into the distant land of other people’s marriages: their secrets, paradoxes, weaknesses, and plea­sures. Delia Ephron writes like a warm-blooded Patricia Highsmith, her sto­ry’s treachery matched by a deep and easy feel for the various human, imperfect ways that people find themselves bound together, and sometimes painstakingly unbind themselves. An absorbing, tense, and original novel.” 
—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings 

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astute­ness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] suspenseful, thoroughly delicious tale.”


  • “An irresistible novel for fans of psychological thrillers or those considering vacationing with former lovers and spouses (often one and the same)."

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • "[Ephron] excels at [depicting] characters’ unintended comedy, their emotional warfare and witty observations of travel and consumption….with a deft, stinging touch. They are a wise reminder that the hungers driving these people are a ravenous, even violent, business.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This stylishly written and razor-sharp novel of manners is perfect for audio since the achievement and pleasure of the book comes from the crossruff among four different voices as each tells his or her version of what happened in Siracusa…Each adult is voiced by a different narrator, and all four hit their marks with wonderful crispness and understanding of the characters they play. An absolutely delicious listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A seductive and edgy dissection of two imploding marriages—and an unhinged mother-daughter alliance…Each of these toxic relationships puts the characters on course to careen headlong into a dark place of deceit and rage in Ephron’s brilliant takedown of marital and familial pretense.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Ephron expertly builds the layers of suspense as conflict and deception push these fractured families toward a painful epiphany.”


  • “A master of precise and keen character development, a virtuoso of pacing and surprise, a wizard at skewering convention and expectation, Ephron offers a bewitching take on relationships—marital, parental, casual, and serious—in this read-in-one-sitting, escapist escapade with a message.”


  • A July 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookPage Top Pick for July 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A People Pick of the Week for Summer Reading
  • An Elle Magazine Pick for July
  • A Marie Claire Magazine Pick for July 2016
  • A Vulture.com Pick of 100 Best Summer Reads Ever
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About the Author
Author Delia Ephron

Delia G. Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright. Her movies include You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. Her articles regularly appear in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and the Huffington Post. She lives in New York City

About the Narrator

Talia Balsam is an actress of television, stage, and screen. The daughter of Oscar-winning actor Martin Balsam and actress Joyce Van Patten, she made her television debut in 1977 and has since appeared in dozens of major television series, including Archie Bunker’s Place and Mad Men. She made her Broadway debut in the 1992 Neil Simon play Jake’s Women, winning the Theatre World Award for her performance. Her screen credits include major motion pictures, such as All the King’s Men and No Strings Attached, as well as independent films.