The First True Lie
When I first read the premise for this book I was thoroughly intrigued. I was not prepared for how beautifully it would be both written and translated. Luca, our narrator, is a precocious ten year old who has lost his very depressed mother. She is currently decaying in her bed. Luca’s voice is innocent and yet so serious; it reminds us that only kids can still see the world accurately anymore. But he’s not one of those child narrators that seem more like a tiny adult. It was really much more philosophical than I even expected, but not in an obvious, corny way. A really original and dark story.