Author: Alessandro D'Avenia
Publisher: Edizioni Mondadori
Don Pino sorride. Un sorriso strano, quieto, come emerso dal profondo del mare quando la superficie è in tempesta. Mi ricordo ancora la prima lezione con lui. Si era presentato con una scatola di cartone. L'aveva messa al centro dell'aula e aveva chiesto cosa ci fosse dentro. Nessuno aveva azzeccato la risposta. Poi era saltato sulla scatola e l'aveva sfondata. «Non c'è niente. Ci sono io. Che sono un rompiscatole.» Ed era vero. Uno che rompe le scatole in cui ti nascondi, le scatole in cui ti ingabbiano, le scatole dei luoghi comuni, le scatole delle parole vuote, le scatole che separano un uomo da un altro uomo. Federico ha diciassette anni e il cuore pieno di domande alle quali la vita non ha ancora risposto. La scuola è finita, l'estate gli si apre davanti come la sua città abbagliante e misteriosa, Palermo. Mentre si prepara a partire per una vacanza-studio a Oxford, Federico incontra "3P", il prof di religione: lo chiamano così perché il suo nome è Padre Pino Puglisi, e lui non se la prende, sorride. 3P lancia al ragazzo l'invito a dargli una mano con i bambini del suo quartiere, prima della partenza. Quando Federico attraversa il passaggio a livello che separa Brancaccio dal resto della città, ancora non sa che in quel preciso istante comincia la sua nuova vita, quella vera. La sera torna a casa senza bici, con il labbro spaccato e la sensazione di avere scoperto una realtà totalmente estranea eppure che lo riguarda da vicino. È l'intrico dei vicoli controllati da uomini che portano soprannomi come il Cacciatore, 'u Turco, Madre Natura, per i quali il solo comandamento da rispettare è quello dettato da Cosa Nostra. Ma sono anche le strade abitate da Francesco, Maria, Dario, Serena, Totò e tanti altri che non rinunciano a sperare in una vita diversa, che li porti lontano quanto il pallone quando lo si calcia fortissimo nel campetto di terra battuta. Le strade dove si muove Lucia, che ha il coraggio di guardare il mondo con occhi luminosi e di non voler fuggire, perché il solo lievito per un cambiamento possibile è nascosto tra le mani di chi apre orizzonti dove il destino prevederebbe violenza e desolazione. Con l'emozione del testimone e la potenza dello scrittore, Alessandro D'Avenia narra una lunga estate in cui tutto sembra immobile eppure tutto si sta trasformando, e ridà vita a un uomo straordinario, che in queste pagine dialoga insieme a noi con la sua voce pacata e mai arresa, con quel sorriso che non si spense nemmeno di fronte al suo assassino, con il coraggio di chi nell'atto stesso di morire insegna come vivere a noi che restiamo. Un uomo semplice ma capace di generare la sola epica possibile oggi: quella quotidiana, conquistata passo dopo passo sul confine tra luce e lutto, parola e silenzio. Unendo il respiro antico di una narrazione corale e l'intensità di un'invocazione, questo romanzo ci parla di noi, della possibilità - se torniamo a guardare la vita con gli occhi dei bambini che tutti siamo stati - di riconoscere anche in mezzo alla polvere ciò che inferno non è.
Author: Alessandro D'Avenia
Publisher: Open Road Media
A father who breaks his promise. Two teenagers running from themselves. A teacher who is too young for the task at hand. Margherita is fourteen and about to step across a magical threshold into her first year of high school. Secure in the knowledge that she can rely on her loved ones for support, Margherita sees high school as a new world to be explored and conquered. But one day when she gets home from school, she receives a voicemail; it is her father letting her know he won’t be coming home again. As she overcomes her sadness, Margherita gradually matures into a woman, the way a pearl forms despite the ocean’s tides. As she travels the difficult path through adolescence, Margherita receives encouragement from her mother, her lively younger brother, and her grandmother Teresa, who knows about love and has wonderful stories to share. Then there is Marta, her cheerful classmate, and Giulio, the somber, handsomest boy in the school. But the most important figure in Margherita’s life is her teacher, a young man still struggling to make his way, yet sensitive to the lessons that literature has to teach his students, who are just beginning to grapple with life’s uncertainties. When he draws Margherita’s attention to the courage of Telemachus in the Odyssey, she sets out on a journey in search of her father. This adventure, though she does not know it yet, will completely change her destiny.
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear. “Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson
Author: Patricia Cornwell
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley. She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion."
Author: Renée Knight
A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller— already an international sensation—about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth. Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day she became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew—and that person is dead. Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day . . . even if the shocking truth might destroy her.
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.
Author: Alessandro D'Avenia
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Hailed as Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars, this Italian bestseller is now available for the first time in English. “I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .” Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams. And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast. Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.
Author: Gianrico Carofiglio
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
A black immigrant is accused of child murder in Italy; the court procedural is tainted with racism.
Author: Leander Deeny
Publisher: Quercus Books
Hazel, the heroine, travels to her Aunt's country house for a holiday. Her Aunt is bitter, angry and rude, so Hazel expects her stay to be a nightmare - little does she expect, though, that there are actual nightmares living in the garden. These creatures - scary amalgams of different animals such as gorillas and leopards - haunt her Aunt every night in her dreams with horrific scenarios. Much to her surprise Hazel is drawn into their world of creating and rehearsing these nightmares. With her new social circle consisting of gorillas crossed with leopards, pythons crossed with porcupines, ducks who smoke cigarettes, wooden-headed dogs and murderers and lunatics Hazel finds herself exploring the scariest depths of the unknown and learns a useful lesson along the way about the nature of friendship. The lively, exciting and fast-paced narrative and quick humour makes this book an addictive read.
Author: Suzanne Berne
Publisher: Algonquin Books
A New York Times Notable Book. Set in the Washington, D.C., suburbs during the summer of the Watergate break-ins, Berne's assured, skillful first novel is about what can happen when a child's accusation is the only lead in a case of sexual assault and murder. A BOOK -OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB selection.
Author: Mia Asher
One glance was all it took... I'm a cheater. I'm a liar. My whole life is a mess. I love a man. No, I love two men... I think. One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire. One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite. I'm broken, lost, and disgusted with myself. But I can't stop. This is my story. My broken love story.
Author: Jan Potocki
Publisher: Penguin UK
Alphonse, a young Walloon officer, is travelling to join his regiment in Madrid in 1739. But he soon finds himself mysteriously detained at a highway inn in the strange and varied company of thieves, brigands, cabbalists, noblemen, coquettes and gypsies, whose stories he records over sixty-six days. The resulting manuscript is discovered some forty years later in a sealed casket, from which tales of characters transformed through disguise, magic and illusion, of honour and cowardice, of hauntings and seductions, leap forth to create a vibrant polyphony of human voices. Jan Potocki (1761-1812) used a range of literary styles - gothic, picaresque, adventure, pastoral, erotica - in his novel of stories-within-stories, which, like the Decameron and Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, provides entertainment on an epic scale.