Michael Swagner reviews Earthquake I.D.

John Domini Earthquake I.D. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $20.95 (320p) ISBN 978-1-59709-076-6

Des Moines author John Domini has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Meridian Editors Prize, and has had his fiction works published by Paris Review, GQ and the New York Times. His latest novel, "Earthquake I.D.", is sure to gain him some additional exposure as Domini tells the tale of Jay and Barbara Lulucita and their five children, an American family living in Naples, Italy. The Lulucitas are innocents abroad, who believe they can help townspeople ravaged by earthquakes, crime and an influx of African immigrants– but they can't. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the protagonists themselves could use some help of their own.