Never the Wind (Paperback)Francesco Dimitri (author)
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Gothic, haunting and uniquely powerful, Dimitri's lushly evocative fantasy focuses on the recently-blind Luca and his pursuit across the Southern Italian landscape by the sinister Wanderer.
A bittersweet gothic fantasy of family, friendship, memory, and the uncanny told from the perspective of a blind teenager in Puglia, Southern Italy, set in the same world as The Book of Hidden Things, perfect for readers of Neil Gaiman, Donna Tartt and Haruki Murakami.
Praise God, never the wind.
1996 - Luca Saracino is thirteen and has been completely blind for eight months when his parents move to a Southern Italian farmhouse they dream of turning into a hotel. With his brother dropping out of university and the family reeling from Luca's diagnosis, they are chasing dreams of rebirth and reinvention.
As Luca tells his story without sight - experiencing the world solely through hearing, smell, taste and touch - he meets the dauntless Ada Guadalupi, who takes him out to explore the rocky fields and empty beaches. But Luca and Ada find they can't escape the grudges that have lasted between their families for generations, or the gossiping of the town. And Luca is preyed upon by the feral Wanderer, who walks the vineyards of his home.
As Luca's family starts to crack at the seams, Luca and Ada have to navigate new lands and old rivalries to uncover the truths spoken as whispers on the wind.
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
Praise for Never the Wind:
'It's a ghost story and a love story, full of life and passion, and knowledge. It's a wonderful book.' - Aliya Whiteley, award-winning author of Skyward Inn
'Francesco Dimitri has set himself what would be a daunting challenge for any writer, and he has risen to that challenge with aplomb. The result is beautiful and life-affirming and profound, and I am more than a little in awe. Dimitri is a phenomenon. Read this book. Read it now!' - A. J. Elwood, author of The Cottingley Cuckoo
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