Earthquake I.D.

The first novel in John Domini’s Naples trilogy, Earthquake I.D. appeared in spring ’07. Set in a famously troubled and romantic Southern Italian seaport, following the next earthquake, the story combines family and social crises with an element of fantasy and pervasive humor. The novel won wide critical praise and was nominated for a Pulitzer and other prizes. Richard Ford, an earlier Pulitzer winner, called it “a wonderful novel of an old-fashioned sort…a rich feast.” Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville, called Domini “a writer of the world, with a deft talent for negotiating the currents of our age.”In April 2009, an Italian translation appeared, under the title Terremoto Napoletano. Again reviews have been strong.

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Publication Date: May 1, 2007

Genre/Imprint: Fiction, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-076-6

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John Domini Reviews

John Domini, a Red Hen Press author, publishes many book reviews. One published review, found in Bookforum, has been selected by the National Book Critics Circle as a feature for their blog and […]


Fred Gardaphe, rave, FRA NOI

Fred Gardaphe, in the October, 2008, FRA NOI (48/10), raves about Earthquake I.D.: “A well focused plot tightly wound… Enough mystery to keep the pages turning while telling a contemporary story that can […]

4-stars, Emerging Writers Network

Dan Wickett, on the widely-read blog for his Emerging Writers Network, lists Earthquake I.D. as one of the best books of 2007, and awards it 4 stars. "A great, jam-packed […]

Thomas Burke, long rave review, LITERARY REVIEW

Praise for Earthquake I.D. from Thomas Burke, in THE LITERARY REVIEW (50/3, Spring 2007): "an exploration of contrasts: opulence and destitution; the loved, the loving, and the dissatisfied; intractable guilt, […]

Michael Swagner reviews Earthquake I.D.

John Domini Earthquake I.D. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $20.95 (320p) ISBN 978-1-59709-076-6Des Moines author John Domini has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Meridian Editors […]