'A stunning achievement: Heaven and Earth confirms Paolo Giordano as an electrifying presence in contemporary fiction' Andre Aciman, Sunday Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name and Find Me
'This is at once a lush picture of growing up in the Italian countryside and a deeply affecting story of friendships under the strain of time and tragedy. Giordano's best book yet' Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle
'The perfect novel. Paolo Giordano is one of the handful of great writers working anywhere today'Edmund White
'Magnificent, heart-wrenching, and utterly compelling.
Heaven and Earth is the perfect novel. And I'm not saying this lightly. Perfect.
Perfect. Perfect' Andrea Wulf, Costa Book Award-winning author of The Invention of Nature
Every summer Teresa follows her father to his childhood home in Puglia, down in the heel of Italy, a land of relentless, shimmering heat, centuries-old olive groves and taciturn, proud people. There Teresa spends long afternoons enveloped in a sun-struck stupor, reading her grandmother's cheap crime paperbacks.
Everything changes the summer she meets the three boys who live on the masseria next door: Nicola, Tommaso and Bern - the man Teresa will love for the rest of her life.
Raised like brothers on a farm that feels to Teresa almost suspended in time, the three boys share a complex, intimate and seemingly unassailable bond.
But no bond is unbreakable and no summer truly endless, as Teresa soon discovers.
Because there is resentment underneath the surface of that strange brotherhood, a twisted kind of love that protects a dark secret.
And when Bern - the enigmatic, restless gravitational centre of the group - commits a brutal act of revenge, not even a final pilgrimage to the edge of the world will be enough to bring back those perfect, golden hours in the shadow of the olive trees.
From the creator and writer of the new HBO series We Are Who We Are, co-written and directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) and starring Chloe Sevigny.
Translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel.
PRAISE FOR PAOLO GIORDANO
'Mesmerizing... Giordano works with piercing subtlety' New York Timeson The Solitude of Prime Numbers 'Elegant and fiercely intelligent' Elle on The Solitude of Prime Numbers 'Tender, cruel, beautiful, heartless, a brilliant story of desire and youth and death... A modern classic' Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less, on The Human Body 'Elegiac, tender and mournful' Wall Street Journal on Like Family