Valeria Tron

Valeria Tron was born in Val Germanasca, one of Piedmont’s Occitan valleys, where she also lives. She is a singer-songwriter, an illustrator and a woodworker. In 2018, she won the Targa Tenco prize for music in dialect. This is her first novel.

L'equilibrio delle lucciole

(The Balance of Fireflies)

Adriano Salani Editore, June 2022

A woman in search of herself in the small mountain village where she grew up. She returns to an archaic world, its traditions and its dark stories.

A novel that tastes of bygone times, an archaic language that strikes a deep chord and gives voice to a world that no longer exists.

After a love affair goes wrong, Adelaide decides to return to the village where she was born: a cluster of stone houses in the rugged, snow-capped mountains. Home, or meizoun in the language of this land on the French border. She leaves – runs away – to seek shelter in a place where time stands still, in small things, in the smell of the forests, of burning wood and the breath of animals. The only person waiting for her there is Nanà, a brisk ninety-year-old, and a closet full of boxes, dozens of small and large containers stored according to an unfathomable order, in which the old woman has crammed the recollections of many lives amid men, flowers, trees, water and time. Photographs, letters and objects that tell stories of wars, of sweethearts expected for forty years… a polyphonic testament. For Adelaide, diving into the memory of her people means finding an echo to her own story, redescovering the various forms of love, and uncovering a part of herself she had kept hidden even from herself. And it is also a good way to change her skin and recover – once and for all – from pain.

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