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    Ilaria Tuti

    Come vento cucito alla terra

    Like Wind Sewn to the Soil

    Ilaria Tuti – an author whose books have so far sold over 600,000 copies – returns to drawing from history in order to bring to light the experiences of the first British women surgeons during World War I, their fight for equality, as well as their dealings with the soldiers on the Western Front. The soldiers found in these women not only the healing of the body, but also rebirth through embroidery.

    This book is about the meeting between the male world of war and the female world of healing.


    Come vento cucito alla terra is the story of the first British women surgeons, a handful of pioneers, often militant suffragettes, forced to operate only in the London slums, in charitable establishments for women and children because they were not allowed to practise on men or to pursue a career. At the start of the First World War, in order to create a space for themselves in the male world and build up medical experience, they decided to leave for the battle fields of the Western Front and set up a hospital managed entirely by them in France. But this is also the story of the soldiers who were wounded and left invalids, who entered that female world thinking they were being sent there because there was no more hope for them, but who found there an opportunity for healing and redemption – partly through embroidery.

    Come vento cucito alla terra is the story of the meeting between this apparently opposite worlds through two different points of view: that of Caterina – a surgeon, single mother of Italian origin – and that of Alexander, a British soldier – first a brave captain, then a patient made prisoner of his own body, but still a leader of men he must guide through a process of rebirth. And so he does, partly by picking up a sewing needle.

    Stefania Auci

    L'inverno dei Leoni

    The Lions' Winter

    THE BESTSELLING ITALIAN BOOK OF 2021

    The second and concluding part of the saga, which reveals in full the myth of the Florios, making us relive an era, a world and a destiny that has no equal.


    The Florios, the Lions of Sicily, have won. Gone are the days of the modest putìa in central Palermo, the sacks of spices, of Paolo and Ignazio, who went there to escape poverty, with determination as their only wealth. Now, they own buildings and factories, ships and tonnaras, silks and jewels. Now, the entire city looks up to them, honours them and fears them. And young Ignazio fears no one. The destiny of Casa Florio has been his destiny since birth, it runs through his veins and drives him beyond Sicily, to Rome and political intrigues, to Europe and its courts, to the naval dominion of the Mediterranean, to buying the entire Aegadian Islands archipelago. Ignazio has a dazzling empire but a heart of ice, because, for the glory of Casa Florio, he had to give up the love that would have capsized his destiny. A love whose shadow never leaves him, even to the very end…

    His son, Ignazziddu, on the other hand, is afraid when, at just over the age of twenty, he inherits all his father has built. He’s afraid because he doesn’t want to be enslaved to a name, to sacrifice himself on the family altar. He does his best, however, facing a world that’s changing too fast, shaken by new, violent and uncontrollable powers. He does his best but realises that having Florio blood isn’t enough to stand out. He needs something more, something his grandfather and his father had but which he lacks. But where, how has he gone wrong?

    The Florios win everything, then lose everything. And yet this is only a part of their extraordinary story. Because this father and son, so different, so remote, have at their sides two women who are also very different and yet both exceptional: Giovanna, Ignazio’s wife, hard and fragile like crystal, filled with passion but starved of love, and Franca, Ignazziddu’s wife, the most beautiful woman in Europe, whose gilded life is shattered by the blows of a cruel fate.

    It is these two women who trace the true trajectory – exciting and dreadful, glorious and tragic – of a family who, for a long instant, lit up the world. It is they who will make us understand why, after so many years, the Florios live on, unique and unforgettable, as the heartbeat of an island and of a city.

    Alessandra Selmi

    Al di qua del fiume

    This Side of the River

    At the dawn of the 1800s, on the banks of the River Adda, the Crespi family achieved an ambitious feat: they founded Italy’s first worker village. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Hopes, drama, mystery, revenge, and love come together to form a grand historical fresco that encompasses fifty years of Italian history.


    River Adda, 1877. Cristoforo Crespi sees a small triangle of land bounded by the river as the future and the chance his family needs to make an indelible mark upon this world. Thus, the son of a simple tengitt, a dyer, builds an avant-garde cotton mill and a village to house its workers. Italy has never seen such a thing: the village has its own church, school, and comfy homes with gardens. Cristoforo bets everything he has on this dream. His money, his reputation, and even his relationship with his brother Benigno, who has succumbed to the temptations of the high life in Milan and by the prestige of owning a newspaper. For Cristoforo, what matters most is to create something concrete and to change the life of his workers for the better.

    Young Emilia’s life changes the day she moves into the new village. The daughter of one of Crespi’s most loyal workers and a woman tormented by dark premonitions, Emilia witnesses, from this side of the river, the creation of a self-sustaining world. She experiences the small and large events of Italian history: the 1989 bread riots, the First World War, the labor insurrections. But as fate would have it, her path soon crosses that of Silvio Crespi, heir to the company and to his father’s vision. Despite the socio-economic chasm that separates them, they develop a special relationship that stands the test of life and time.

    Marta Morazzoni

    Il rovescio dell'abito

    The Lining of the Coat

    A glimpse at the extraordinary life of Marquise Luisa Casati Stampa, who chose to live her life as “a work of art”.

    Highly educated, witty, eccentric, full of life, wealthy, extravagant, intelligent, much wooed, an avid collector and patron of the arts, Luisa Casati was all that and much more.

    A journey through eccentricity, lovers and a passion for clothes that led to ruin, in a game between building on a true story and interpreting a possible truth.


    In February 1932, in her house outside Paris, Marquise Luisa Casati Stampa, the wealthiest woman in Europe, receives a visit from her lawyer, Milanese Giuseppe Bassi, who has come to announce the collapse of her fortune. Her huge estate is being seized and, within a few months – eight, to be precise, Bassi tells her dramatically – she “will not have even a rock left to rest her head on”.

    Born in 1881 to a family of industrialists who owned a gigantic fortune, at the age of nineteen she married Marquis Camillo Casati Stampa, a Milanese, from whom she separated. The Marquise led a life of extravagance and excess, frequented the art world, bewitching artists of the standing of Gabriele D’Annunzio, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Man Ray, for whom she was an inspiration and friend, as well as possibly an occasional lover.

    Caught on the edge of misery, in which she would live for the next twenty-five years (she died poor and alone in 1957, in London), she revisits her human adventure in flashbacks, in moments involving her ex-husband, her lawyer, who assists her during this dramatic change in status, and the dressmaker who has always followed her love of a sophisticated style and her total originality, wholly independent of any fashion

    Anna Chisari

    Il vento dell’Etna

    The Wind from Etna

    A new family saga set in a Sicily tarred with lava, where Mount Etna is not just a backdrop but a living soul with fire and energy. This is a story that spans two centuries, from the dream of a humble cobbler to a shoemaking dynasty of which the author is a member.


    Mount Etna is both protective and frightening in its immensity, like a demanding mother who forges lives and destinies. Those who live in Belpasso, a small village on its slopes, know that only too well. It is where Puddo, a young cobbler, sets up shop. The signature on the shoes he makes is a butterfly, because with his footwear you can practically fly and not simply walk. That’s why Puddu can’t understand why business is so bad. Everything changes when his shoes reach the Baroness of Bridport, who’s visiting in the proximity of Bronte. The noblewoman has never worn anything so soft and elegant, so she decides to give Puddu a present and makes him baronet. This marks the beginning of the Baroneddu dynasty. As time goes by, the shop becomes a large shoe factory that exports all over Europe. But although money is no longer a problem, the heart becomes one, because Piddu’s descendants look on his dream – from which everything originated – with respect but also hositility. Your roots tell you where you come from, but sometimes they also want to dictate where you go, and not all the Baroneddus are ready to accept that.

    Lisa Laffi

    La regina senza corona

    Queen Without a Crown

    A novel about Margaret of Austria. A woman destined to conquer the hearts of kings and alter the destinies of entire nations.


    1483 – Margaret is only three years old when her father, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, pledges her hand in marriage to Charles VIII, King of France, in order to put an end to the conflict between France and Flanders. Carefree, the duchess grows up in the spendid castle of Amboise until Charles stipulates a more advantagious marriage agreement, so Margaret is forced to return to Flanders, where she can finally devote herself body and soul to her great passion: art. However, the Holy Roman Emperor summons her back to her political duties and to a new marriage alliance that leads her to wear the Spanish crown. Far away from home once again, despite a brief period of happiness with her husband, the Prince of Asturias, Margaret is soon widowed. Returning home without a crown, Margaret gradually learns that a woman can be the author of her own fate and decides to become “queen” of the arts. Only the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire cannot accept that she should relinquish her destiny as queen… Set amid love affairs, palace intrigues and a great passion for art, this book is the portrayal of a brave woman who defied the rules of her era and showed everyone the qualities truly necessary to being a queen.

    Barbara Bellomo

    La casa del carrubo

    The Carob Tree House

    Set in a Sicily devastated by war, this is a polyphonic novel that slowly unfolds and reveals the love, intrigues, courage and hope of a family from whom history has snatched everything.

    English sample available


    Catania, 1943. When war comes knocking at your door, it never seems as bad as you expected. At least that’s what Vittorio Floridia thinks the day after a bombing destroys his house and any hope of returning to normality. In an attempt to save his family from the grip of fear and hunger, he agrees to move in with the pharmacist Luigi Villalba, his late best friend’s brother. And so in this large country house, standing in the shade of a large carob tree, we get to know the members of a family like so many others, and yet different from all of them. Luca, with black curls and an impudent manner, is getting ready to fight a war his father has long stopped approving of. Elena, sweet and compliant, already feels like a woman at sixteen, but is still a child in everyone else’s eyes. Little Michele, slight and silent, risks losing his life after being wounded in the bombing. Then there’s Agata, now Vittorio’s wife, but for ever the love of Luigi’s life and his great regret.

    Silvia Truzzi

    Il cielo sbagliato

    The Wrong Sky

    Mantua, 1918. On Armistice Day, two girls are born, just a few hours apart. Irene is the youngest of an old aristocratic family from the city. Dora seems destined to a life of poverty, but her unequalled beauty will give her access to a world she could never have imagined within her reach.

    A powerful historical fresco about the desire for emancipation and compensation.


    Mantua, 1918. On Armistice Day, two girls are born within a few hours of each other. Irene is the youngest child of the Cavriani counts, an old aristocratic family from the city. Dora is orphaned at birth, because her mother dies during labour and her father, a soldier who’s gone missing, will never come back home. The little girl lives with her grandmother in a run-down hut and leads a life of poverty and abuse until the age of seven. Every Sunday, the two girls meet on the parvis of the church of Sant’Andrea: one begs, the other gives her handouts. The years go by and as Fascism turns into a regime, two lives that seemed fated always to be divided by an insurmountable class difference meet again. Destiny, that leads Dora into the middle-class home of the Benedini family, where she is welcomed and given an education, has also bestowed on her large blue eyes and the body of a film star who makes heads turn. Among her admirers, there is the shy Eugenio, the son of the very wealthy Arrivabene family, as well as Irene’s brother-in-law. Defying the hostility of the families, Dora secretly becomes engaged to Eugenio, but the high society that unfolds before her has many surprises in store for her.

    Set against the background of significant historical events, caught up in a whirl of beautiful clothes, parties and intrigue, Dora must learn to protect the peace of mind she’s struggled to achieve and, above all, obtain something she doesn’t yet have.

    Marina Morpurgo

    Il passo falso

    The Wrong Step

    Who is really the esteemed Professor Emilio Rastelli? What mysterious past is concealed in the mists of his senile dementia? A hidden truth surfaces from the man’s confused mind, which brings back one of so many forgotten stories from the time of the Resistance, told in a true historical framework and reconstructed with the help of period newspapers and documents.


    Professor Emilio Rastelli is a retired paediatrician with a difficult, reserved personality, who’s never wanted to talk about his family. But now that senile dementia is beginning to impair his self-control, a much darker shadow begins to show itself from behind his bad temper. The professor seems tormented by a blurred recollection that frightens him very much, he mutters something about having done something very wrong, and alternates between moments of lucidity, agitation and delirium, which his wife and carer struggle to contain. There is a vague clue, however, because Professor Rastelli often runs away from home and every time is found roaming secretively along the east coast of Lake Como. His wife gets a bee in her bonnet about unveiling the mystery, and so discovers that Emilio Rastelli doesn’t exist: after the war he took on a false identity, exploiting the fact that many registry offices in northern Italy had been destroyed. But behind Emilio is there Giuseppe, a Jewish young man, the son of an English woman and an Italian man, or Antonio, a young blackshirt soiled with many crimes?

    Ilaria Tuti

    Fiore di roccia

    Flower of the Rocks

    A novel about an important, long-forgotten chapter of history. The story of Le Portatrici (Bearers), women of all ages who, during the First World War, in the theatre of war in Carnia, in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli, were called upon to help the men in the trenches by carrying up food supplies and ammunition first, then dead bodies down the mountain.


    English sample available

    The theatre of war of the Carnia region is a series of sharp peaks, defence lines isolated on the summits and thousands of young men driven to exhaustion. The command turns to the local population with a desperate plea for anyone to help them. The women from the neighbouring valleys respond to the appeal. Women of all ages, from thirteen to sixty, accustomed to hard work, and who, for centuries, have carried heavy wicker baskets on their backs, but are also used to a life of hardship that has forged resilient spirits and minds with exceptional moral fibre. Among them, there is brave Agata, who would sooner eat cheese crusts than deprive her invalid father of even just a soup made of herbs. There is the exuberant Viola, who, for the love of an Alpino artillery man, carries forty-two kilos’ worth of projectiles on her back. There is Lucia, a mother of four with quiet strength, the point of reference for everybody else. They are friends, companions. They know these mountains better than anyone else and are the protagonists of this novel. A story of women, of hard work, of compassion, and of hope.

    Daniela Ranieri

    Stradario aggiornato di tutti i miei baci

    Updated Streetamp of All My Kisses

    All forms of love.

    A woman in constant dialogue with herself and the world draws a map of her obsessions, and of her relationship with love and her body – a reservoir of hypochondria and neuroses.


    Daniela Ranieri’s new novel is a self-aware, hyper-realistic diary where every detail, every throb of her inner life is handled both as a scientific datum and as a wound of the soul. From the Covid-19 pandemic to everyday life in Rome, everything becomes part of a humorous, turbulent narrative, especially relationships: the many facets of Eros – meeting, flirtation, pleasure, mismatched cohabitation, violence, idealisation, dependency and pure love – are turned inside out in the author’s unique style, a blend of suffering, resentment and humour kneaded with great European literature (and not only that). Perhaps the true protagonist of Stradario aggiornato di tutti i miei baci is actually Daniela Ranieri’s language, a language rich in echoes of Gadda, of Thomas Bernhard-style annoyance, quotations, and at the same time one that’s eerily direct and unprecedented; a language whose ability to name and get close to things is equal only to its power to destroy them. Daniela Ranieri’s Stradario is not just a novel: it has the substance of a living body that inhabits the world, of a voice that captivates and persuades with the power of great literature.

    Sebastiano Mauri

    La Nuova Terra

    The New Land

    French sample available

    A chance trip to the Amazon rainforest and a revelation through a ritual with a medicinal plant, the ayahuasca. A sharp, biting journey towards maturity, one that turns into an earnest universal appeal to respect the world in which we live.

     

     

     


    Persuaded by his cousin Nur, to whom he’s never been able to say no, Leone arrives in the heart of the Amazon. Soon, he is hurled into a world outside time, where people are healed with ceremonies where they take ayahuasca, a psychoactive decoction that has many therapeutic properties. Through psychedelic mental journeys, visions inside his own body and thanks to enlightening conversations with the ayahuasca‘s all-too-human voice, Leone embarks on the hardest battle there is: the one against himself and the demons he’s been fighting all his life. The lessons he receives make him question everything: his work as a television writer, a stagnant relationship, an identity built around toxic masculinity and the very values of a society that chooses to keep blindly heading towards self-destruction despite a heralded climate disaster. Leone’s is an involuntary shamanic journey that is both reluctant and – despite himself – often funny. He hits rock bottom before getting back up again, but the courage of looking reality in the face may teach him to live in harmony with his own nature and Nature.

    Christophe Palomar

    La crisi colpisce anche di sabato

    A Crisis Can Also Come On a Saturday

    Full French version available

    A sardonic and intense polyphonic novel in which three different characters have to face the remnants of past disappointments in a more-than-ever uncertain present. Three totally unconnected stories that unexpectedly converge.


    A Saturday evening. In Rome, from the window of the family apartment, Adriano, a pensioner, watches the setting summer sun and the sunset of his own life, which he spent amid the ideals of a failed revolution, the vague promises of comfort and a marriage that left in its wake nothing but regret. In Milan, Gioia, the CEO of a multinational company and a neglected wife and mother, takes advantage of a moment of solitude to catch up with a backlog of work. Vodka and the recollection of lost loves keep her company, but the past is ready to show itself again. Meanwhile, in Ferrara, a group of young people on the threshold of adulthood go out for a pizza after a trip to the cinema. Hopes and disappointments, couples and singles: everything seems already decided. Three cities and three social conditions united by a common thread, a moral, material, individual and collective crisis that might be eternal and without solution. But, from that Saturday evening, nobody’s life will be the same again.

    Mattia Insolia

    Gli affamati

    Craving

    A quality debut novel, powerful language that bluntly narrates the lives of two frail, damaged brothers, the victims of seclusion and degradation, tortured by a sense of guilt that rules over their lives, and which they must face.


    English sample available

    In the imaginary outskirts of a tiny Sicilian village, Antonio and Paolo, two brothers aged nineteen and twenty-two, have been living alone since their father died and their mother left home. Together, they have built an everyday routine that apparently works despite its extreme precariousness, a present in which, however, there is no room for developing future projects and they are constantly overwhelmed by the struggle for survival. It is the summer. Antonio is looking for a job and Paolo trying to keep his. Hallucinating nights with friends, parties, days spent by the sea, evenings of drink, sex and drugs. Then, one seemingly quiet day, something snaps. As though by some petty astral conspiracy, old skeletons leap out of the cupboard and shallowly buried past demons resurface: the young men’s mother returns after running away from her violent husband years earlier, an old, a dormant love comes knocking at the door of one of the brothers and crimes never atoned appear on the horizon of the other…

    Leonardo Luccone

    Il figlio delle sorelle

    The Sisters' Son

    A novel about obsessions and the falling apart of the traditional family, caused by a framework of omissions. Through an editing process that follows the journey of memory – that of a mentally unstable man – this is a psychological thriller that lays bare the frailty of the characters and the thousand facets of a challenging family relationship.


    In the past, in a Rome only lightly hinted at, there is a couple in crisis: unable to have children, they try in every way until a miracle happens and Sabrina is born. But the dream come true has a devastating effect on their lives.

    In the present, we have Sabrina – now nearly grown up – who has just found again the father she hadn’t seen for over ten years. We have her mother, hurt and abandoned, who has raised her but been unable to rebuild her own life. We have Carlotta, the daughter of the father’s girlfriend, who soon becomes the sister Sabrina has always wanted.

    They are women, sisters and daughters: symbolic figures and likenesses, experienced actresses and makers of humanity and sorrow. Their stories are told by Sabrina’s father who, after her birth, gradually slides into mental illness. But women are above all life, and the unexpected trip by father and daughter into the depths of the Sicily of their origins brings out the mythical roots of this story and the foundations of sisterhood.

    Lisa Ginzburg

    Cara pace

    Dear Peace

    A happy family. An imploding couple. Two sisters, a mother who leaves.

    An unbreakable bond that helps overcome pain.

    An intimate, feminine novel brimming with light.


    French sample available

    Maddalena, the elder, is shy, serious and reserved. Nina, only slightly younger, is attractive, unpredictable, charming, difficult and a prisoner of her own egocentricity. The two sisters built their childhood and adolescence around a deep void, an absence that’s hard to accept. Even now, after many years, they try to fill it with running, long walks, volleys of words and WhatsApp messages which, from Paris to New York, always end up taking them back to Rome, to a house with a terrace overlooking Villa Pamphili, where their strange, symbiotic and wild life took shape. It’s to Rome that Maddi, forever huddled in her shell, decides to return, fleeing the roles that, first her sister, then her family, have imposed on her. Alone at last with herself and her memories, she drops her defences and, as she relives the locations of the past, swaps parts and opens up to life’s surprises.

    A story of love and abandonment which, like all life stories, presents only questions without answers. Moreover, it uses the happy yardstick of literature to measure the distance between the original injury and the peace always and only experienced in maturity.

    Anna Dalton

    Le tre figlie

    The Three Daughters

    Three sisters are reunited for the weekend in the villa where they grew up. They have a single objective: to prevent their mother from divulging family secrets in her celebrity autobiography – secrets, which, if disclosed, could cast a new shadow over their lives.


    The sumptuous gates of Villa Fiorita open once again to welcome Fresia, Viola and Iris. Three sisters, three young women who, for various reasons, have chosen to leave behind them the house in which they grew up and all it meant to them. But they must return here now, because their mother wants to write an autobiography that would include the entire family history, and not just the details of her career as an Academy Award-winning actress who, at the peak of her fame, decided to withdraw into a private life.  Secrets would also end up in this book, which the three sisters don’t want revealed, because they have moved on with their lives, at last no one knows who they are, and they are no longer surrounded by reporters and photographers. And because whatever happened should remain buried. Truth is not always the best choice. Fresia, Viola and Iris therefore have just one weekend to change their mother’s mind. She is a woman who has never listened to them, always too wrapped up in herself. And yet this time the stakes are too high and they’re not three little girls anymore. They’re adults and their future depends on what will be written in this book. Only by being united can they reach their goal, but their sisterly bond can be a prison as well as a refuge. And sometimes a family is the place where every secret can be left as such for ever.

    Jacinta Cremades

    Regreso a París

    Return to Paris

    Upmarket women’s fiction

    The intertwined fates of three strong women. A family saga about unspeakable secrets and the power of the past.


    1960s’ Spain. Maite, also known as “the Enchantress” because of her divining skills, is a young Barcelona aristocrat who decides to break away from the conventions of Franco’s era and embark on a new life in Paris. There, she meets an inspector who involves her in working with the French police as a psychic, to solve missing persons cases.

    Years later, Teresa returns to Paris to bury her mother Maite, certain that her childhood and youth there are a closed chapter. But as soon as she arrives, with her daughter Lucia, a little girl with an extraordinary sensitivity that allows her to communicate with her dead grandmother, familiar shadows reappear that she had thought buried. In Paris, she tries to find the words to convey her family’s silences and secrets, the intertwined fates of three women who share a past as only daughters, with absent fathers, forced escapes and a search for freedom.

    Federica Bosco

    Non dimenticarlo mai

    Don't Ever Forget

    Is it too late to take stock of your life when you’re pushing fifty? Is it too late to want a child?

    In this new novel by Federica Bosco, an author who has sold over 1 million copies of her books, Giulia, the protagonist, must learn to take risks in order to finally live fully and reach out for what fate has in store for her. It might even be happiness…


    Giulia is about to blow out forty-nine candles on her cake when she suddenly feels dissatisfied, as though she hasn’t done anything of consequence in her life. And then there’s that never previously experienced desire that’s calling to her louder and louder: she wants a child – she who has never thought of motherhood. Even though her female friends cannot understand her and her partner doesn’t know how to tell her it’s insane. “It’s too late” are the words Giulia hears echoing in their conversations and now she is no longer able to decide between yielding to the majority view and trying anyway. But what Giulia doesn’t know is that destiny is never written in stone. That she holds many different cards in her hand. They could be those we’ve chosen from her deck, the ones we want with all our hearts. Or they could be others, that are very different from what we’ve always imagined, and that surprise us. Because there isn’t just one road to happiness and the only way to find the right one is taking a risk. Because, maybe, the best day of our lives is yet to come.

    Erin Doom

    Fabbricante di lacrime

    Maker of Tears

    NEW ADULT 

    Watty Award winner

    Wishing for a family. An impossible love.

    Just one certainty: you cannot lie to the ‘maker of tears’.


    English Sample Available

    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.

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