Nino Ricci

Note on the Author

Nino Ricci is Bridgewater State College’s First Killam Professor of Canadian Studies. Nino is the author of five novels, including the critically acclaimed The Lives of the Saints. This excerpt, from Ricci’s The Origin of Species, is forthcoming with Other Press in April 2010. Set in Montreal in the 1980s, The Origin of Species tells the story of thirty-something Alex Fratarcangeli and his relationship with Esther, a young woman dying of multiple sclerosis.