There won't be another novel this rich, this compelling, this extraordinarily satisfying for a long, long time.

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This

Haunting, surreal, and deeply engaging. Readers will devour this novel in one sitting.

Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter

A beautiful, stark, poignant account of fear, love and loss.

Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

A world of suspance à la Hitchcock.

Gaia Servadio

Elena Varvello
Can you hear me?

WINNER ENGLISH PEN AWARD Translated from Italian by Alex Valente

“Riveting and luminous.
Extraordinarily satisfying.”

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This

1978. Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy: peaceful woods, discarded rubbish, a closed-down factory. An unbearably hot summer like many others, wilted flowers and trips to the waterfalls. Elia Furenti is sixteen, living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness has been accepted as normal. That is until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood.
But then everything starts to unravel.
Elia’s father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind.
A young boy is murdered, shaking the small community to its core. And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods…

Above all else, life is the greatest mystery – and we try honouring it through writing.”
– Elena Varvelloread full bio
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