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Clues pile up in Ephron’s surprising novel, ‘Siracusa’

Mouth-watering was the late Nora Ephron’s recipe for frozen key lime pie (in “Heartburn,” her thinly-veiled novel about her disastrous marriage to Carl Bernstein.) If it’s an Ephron, I’ll read it. Here’s Nora’s sister Delia Ephron with a delicious-sounding new novel, “Siracusa,” set on the coast of Sicily. Two vacationing couples; two marriages unraveling.

The dangerous terrain reflects the inner landscapes of the characters:

“Ortigia is the jewel of Siracusa, dating back to 700 B.C., and of couse where we stayed, where all tourists stay. What passes for a beach there is a huge boulder rising out of the sea. Lo Scoglio, it’s called. In Italian, the rock. To reach it, sunbathers walk along a narrow metal grating bolted to a cliff, then negotiate the uneven surface of a lesser boulder and cross a short metal bridge over a drop, at least fifteen feet I’m guessing, into shallow water spiked with bleached rocks.”

Says Kirkus: “As the clues pile up, the coming storm is expertly foreshadowed—but when it arrives, it's utterly surprising.” Working Title has acquired film rights.