Hindsight

A Novel

2017 Benjamin Franklin IBPA Award: Gold
2016 USA Best Book Awards: General Fiction Finalist

Hindsight is an evocative and inventive reincarnation tale. Drawing on snippets of wisdom from long-gone literary giants, including Chaucer, Dante, Goethe, and Kipling, Tarquini illustrates the eternal universality of human behavior . . . the narrative emphasizes the importance of acting in the here and now: saying what should be said, forgiving what needs to be forgiven, embracing opportunities to deepen connections with others, and seizing moments of happiness when they’re presented. Consequently, Hindsight is a sustaining and deeply personal reading experience.” 
Foreword Reviews, FIVE STARS, Book of the Day Selection

Eugenia Panisporchi, a thirty-three-year-old Chaucer professor who remembers all her past lives, is desperate to change her future.

Born this time around into an Italian-American family so traditional that neither she nor any of her adult siblings have escaped their mother’s tiny South Philly row home, Eugenia lives a simple life—no love connection, no controversy, no complications. Her hope is that the Blessed Virgin Mary (who oversees her soul’s progress) will grant her heart’s desire, the option to choose the circumstances of her next life. But when a student reveals he shares her ability, Eugenia suddenly finds herself setting up a Facebook page and sponsoring a support group for others like her, an oddball odyssey, during which she discovers she must confront her current shortcomings before she can break the cycle and finally live the life of her dreams.

A layered contemporary fable, Hindsight reminds us to live this life like it’s the only one we’ll have.

Author: Mindy Tarquini

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

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2017 Benjamin Franklin IBPA Award: Gold
2016 USA Best Book Awards: General Fiction Finalist

“Hindsight is an evocative and inventive reincarnation tale. Drawing on snippets of wisdom from long-gone literary giants, including Chaucer, Dante, Goethe, and Kipling, Tarquini illustrates the eternal universality of human behavior . . . the narrative emphasizes the importance of acting in the here and now: saying what should be said, forgiving what needs to be forgiven, embracing opportunities to deepen connections with others, and seizing moments of happiness when they’re presented. Consequently, Hindsight is a sustaining and deeply personal reading experience.”
―Foreword Reviews, FIVE STARS, Book of the Day Selection

“Eugenia Panisporchi was born with a supernatural gift we’re all on board with: the ability to remember her past lives. This witty contemporary tale dives into Eugenia’s journey to discovering the shocking true meaning of her life… all of them.”
―Brit+Co, “20 Reads to Cozy Up With This Winter”

“Tarquini charms her audience with heady wit and laugh-out-loud humor . . . This is a fast-reading, enjoyable journey through past and present that many readers will enjoy.”
Booklist

“Tarquini’s innovative concept is paired with realistic characters and sparkling wit, making this enjoyable novel a keeper.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This contemporary jewel is a literary parade that reminds us to live life fully in the now.”
Working Mother, “21 New Books to Fall for This Autumn”

“A unique and innovative reminder to enjoy life like it’s the only one you’ll have.”
―Bookstr

“Witty and thought-provoking, Mindy Tarquini’s debut is a must-read for lovers of Chaucer, magical realism and literary ingenuity.”
―Buzzfeed

“Funny and irreverent, this modern fable is a good reminder to love the life you have.”
Real Simple

“This quirky and often funny novel is a satisfying debut and will pique readers’ interests right off the bat.”
RT Book Reviews

“Debut author Mindy Tarquini’s rollicking prose wends the reader through a hybrid contemporary, historical, and speculative tale of karma, past lives, and the capacity to forgive and forget. Equal parts tender and hilarious, Hindsight will leave readers wanting another meatball, another life, and whatever Tarquini serves up next.”
―Camille Griep, author of Letters to Zell

“Author Mindy Tarquini glues readers to the page with her insight into character and her signature irreverent humor. Hindsight is a debut you don’t want to miss.”
―Stephen Parrish, editor of the The Lascaux Review

“Deliciously original with a quirky voice that sets Mindy Tarquini in a league of her own…Hindsight blends comedy and insight into an engaging story with a brave, yet satisfying, conclusion.”
―Sandra Ruttan, Spinetingler Magazine

About the Author

Raised by traditional people in a modern world, Mindy Tarquini is a second-generation Italian American who grew up believing dreams are prophecy, the devil steals lost objects, and an awkward glance can invite the evil eye. She is an assistant editor with The Lascaux Review and a member of the Perley Station Writers’ Colony. A native Philadelphian, Ms. Tarquini resides in Phoenix with her husband, where she divides her time between writing and wrestling with her bread machine. She does not have hindsight.

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