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The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Paolo Giordano
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Prime numbers are the loneliest numbers.  Sometimes primes can occur close together, but they are usually separated by a number in between (like 11 and 13). Young Mattia and Alice are lonely as well, both having suffered horrible incidents in their childhood that lead them to self-destructive behaviors. The two become friends as teens, but a certain closeness eludes them as they make choices that keep them apart as they grow older. Giordano’s haunting story of love and friendship is beautifully translated from the original Italian.

Lori Siegel