over 450,000 copies sold
THE 2022 BESTSELLING TITLE !!
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Wishing for a family. An impossible love.
Just one certainty: you cannot lie to the ‘maker of tears’.
Within the walls of Grave, the orphanage in which Nica has grown up, stories and legends have always been told by candlelight. The most famous one is about the tear maker, a mysterious craftsman with eyes as clear as glass, guilty of having manufactured all the fears and anxieties that dwell in people’s hearts.
But, at the age of seventeen, the moment has come for Nica to leave all these dark childhood stories behind. Her greatest dream is about to come true. Mr and Mrs Milligan have begun the adoption procedures and are ready to give her the family she’s always wanted. However, Nica is not alone in the new house. Rigel, a restless, mysterious orphan, is also taken out of Grave, and he’s the last person Nica would wish for an adoptive brother. Rigel is intelligent, astute, plays the piano like a bewitching demon and is mesmerisingly handsome, but his angelic appearance conceals a dark temperament. Even though Nica and Rigel share a past filled with grief and deprivation, living together seems impossible; especially when the legend comes back to haunt their lives and the maker of tears suddenly grows increasingly real and draws nearer. Even so, gentle and brave, Nica is ready to do anything in order to protect her dream, because only by facing the nightmares that torment her will she finally be able to soar freely like the butterfly after which she was named.
“The world’s young women and men want stories that analyse their feelings, including love and friendship. They also want to cry. To produce tears.”
Beppe Cottafavi, Domani
“The anonymous pen so loved by teenagers: a feuilleton 2.0 (…) A resounding generational success”.
Crocefisso Dentello, Il Fatto Quotidiano
“the first publishing phenomenon of 2022”.
Ilaria Zaffino, La Repubblica
“A story dense with emotion, that leaves you with bated breath at every chapter”.
Albania: Dituria; Brazil: Harper Collins Brazil; Czech Rep: Omega; Denmark: Gronningen; France: Hachette Romans; Greece: Psichogios; Holland: A.W. Bruna; Hungary: Kolibri; Korea: Noonkoip Publishing; Poland: Znak; Portugal: Planeta; Romania: Litera; Russia: Eksmo; Slovenia: Založba Vida; World Spanish: Montena/Penguin Random House.
Movie rights sold: Colorado Film
Erin Doom is the pen name of a young Italian writer who started off on Wattpad, the world’s most famous reading social media network, under the handle DreamsEater. Within a short space of time, her stories had registered a total of 6 million reads, conquering the audience’s heart. Magazzini Salani published her debut novel, Fabbricante di lacrime.