Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri recently made the decision to live her creative life in Italian. Her very first translation from the Italian, the most palpable manifestation of her love affair with the language, Strega-prize winning author Domenico Starnone’s Ties, is "brief, brilliant and unnerving,” according to Margot Livesey. Starnone is considered by many to be Italy’s best living novelist. For decades he was rumored to be the writer behind the name Elena Ferrante, and looking at Ties you can understand where the mistake arises. His preoccupations — marriage, abandonment, lies, cowardice and the effects of all these on the emotional and psychological lives of those involved — are similar to Ferrante’s. For that matter, they are also the same preoccupations that animate Lahiri’s most recent fiction. Moderated by Michael Reynolds.