Review: The Solitude of Prime Numbers


I knew nothing about this book until I read it on Diane of Bibliophile by the Sea's website -  if she gives the book a good review I will make time to read it. She and I seem to have similar taste and I really appreciate knowing I will enjoy the book without doubt.

Synopsis: A prime number can only be divided by itself or by one-it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, both "primes," are misfits who seem destined to be alone. Haunted by childhood tragedies that mark their lives, they cannot reach out to anyone else. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit.

But the mathematically gifted Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, and the two are forced to separate. Then a chance occurrence reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface.


Type: Fiction, 288 pages, Hardcover

Quick Take:  Highly Recommend (everyone should read this book) - This book was translated from Italian to English which might make the story even better!  Beautifully written with every word having a purpose.   Several times during the book the author tells a story leaving you wanting more, not always sharing the outcome until later in the book which keeps you anticipating and hoping to find out how the story/situation would end.  If you have read the book you know what I mean (ie: the tomato incident).

I don't know how to explain this one... I have never read anything quite like it but I am happy I read it. 

The book cover to the right is the UK cover (thank you Diane from Bibliophile by the Sea for posting this) - I LOVE this cover and it has so much meaning to the storyline.  I wonder how many people would pick up the book based only on this particular book jacket (versus the American cover).

Source: Library

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