In this exuberant novel, one of Italy's greatest living writers celebrates the art of storytelling and the spirit of work through weaving the mesmerizing t ales of an itinerant construction worker, Libertini Faussone, and a writer-chemist, the true and fictional Primo Levi.
About the Author
A chemist by training, Primo Levi (1919 1987) was arrested as an anti-fascist partisan during World War II, and deported to Auschwitz in 1944. His books include The Drowned and the Saved, If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table. He died in 1987. Norton will publish The Complete Works of Primo Levi in 2010.
Ruth Tenzer Feldman is the author of numerous nonfiction books for children and young adults, including The Fall of Constantinople, How Congress Works, and Don't Whistle in School: The History of America's Public Schools. She began working on Blue Thread in 2008 when she discovered the story of the Daughters of Zelophehad in the Torah. In an effort to bring historical authenticity to her characters' worlds, Ruth conducted extensive historical and cultural research, including spending time at a vintage letterpress print shop. Originally from Long Island, New York, Ruth studied at the American University Washington College of Law and has worked as a legislative attorney for the U.S. Department of Education. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, the Oregon Historical Society, the Institute for Judaic Studies, Congregation Beth Israel, and Viva Scriva-a collective of writers and artists. Ruth is currently a full-time author and resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband. Blue Thread is her first novel. For more information, visit her website at www.ruthtenzerfeldman.com.
WILLIAM WEAVER has been the leading translator of Italian writing into English for half a century and several samples of his own work are included in "Open City," Among his previous books is "A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of Villa I Tatti," Weaver divides his year among Italy, New York City, and Annandale-on-Hudson, where he is on the faculty of Bard College.