After chronicling the temptations and foibles of earnest young Catholics in "The Story of My Purity," Francesco Pacifico
turns his attention to Italy's other major religion: "Cool." On the
trail of Italian hipsters from Rome to Williamsburg, "Class" is both
savage and tender, like Antonioni's camera following Monica Vitti on her
adventures, or--as the author might prefer--a vintage MTV rockumentary.
A novel about the costs of "Americanization," in all senses, from
Italy's most Yankophilic and most intelligently Yankophobic novelist.