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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS PAOLO GIORDANO A prime number is inherently a solitary thing: it can only be divided by itself, or by one; it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are also solitary creatures. As a child, Alice's overbearing father drove her to a terrible skiing accident, then to anorexia. When Mattia was young he abandoned his mentally-disabled twin sister in a park to go to a party, and when he returned, she was nowhere to be found. These two irreversible episodes mark their lives forever, and as they grow into adulthood their destinies seem irrevocably intertwined. This melancholy meditation on loneliness and love asks 'can we ever truly be whole when we're in love with another?' 'can we ever truly be whole when we're in love with another?'