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Translated by Kylee Doust
Lorenzo has a few issues. They include the fact that he doesn’t have, or want, any friends.
Because this is making his parents unhappy, he tells them he has been invited on a skiing holiday with a group from school. In fact, he is planning to spend the week happily ensconced in the cellar of their apartment building with a supply of canned tuna.
Then his estranged older sister Olivia turns up in the cellar with some issues of her own. Over the next few days, as Lorenzo helps her through her heroin withdrawal, they form an intense bond.
And Olivia reveals some secrets that the family have kept from Lorenzo.
Niccolò Ammaniti, the author of the hugely popular I’m Not Scared, has been described as ‘the best novelist of his generation’. With this breathtaking novel, he has produced a small masterpiece.
‘Me & You is a gem of a novel…Italian writer Ammaniti has the ability to draw you in from the first page and not let you go until completion…This novel’s story is bittersweet, subtle and wonderfully entertaining…Thank-you to Text Publishing for bringing his words to Australia.’
‘Ammaniti has turned writing about the moral predicaments of adolescents in small-town Italy into an art-form, and this book is tragic and hilarious in equal measures…Verdict: stunning.’
‘Like his best-selling and justly lauded I’m Not Scared Niccolò Ammaniti’s latest slim novel is spare, moving and insightful. Translated from Italian, the language is as beautiful as the story…The end is representative of the novel as a whole, touching and tender, with much left unsaid and unexplained and with a sense of emotional truth.’
‘This genuinely pocket-sized novel can be read comfortably in an afternoon and beautifully illustrates the storyteller’s craft…Highly recommended.’
‘Italian author Niccolò Ammaniti has been described as one of the best writers of his generation, and if his novella Me and You is anything to go by, this is not an unreasonable claim…Ammaniti (and his translator, Kylee Doust) capture both the physical setting and the voice of the young narrator beautifully.’
‘Me and You is, quite literally, a story that cannot and ought not be put down.’