Can you hear me? by Elena Varvello
9781473654877 Two Roads
Winner - English PEN Award'Utterly gripped me from beginning to end' Victoria Hislop'Move over Ferrante, there's a new Elena in town' Independent In the August of 1978, the summer I met Anna Trabuio, my father took a girl into the woods...I was sixteen.He had been gone a long time already, but that was it - not even a year after he lost his job and that boy disappeared - that was when everything broke.1978. Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy: peaceful woods, discarded rubbish, a closed-down factory. An unbearably hot summer like many others, wilted flowers and trips to the waterfalls.Elia Furenti is sixteen, living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness has been accepted as normal.
That is until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood. But then everything starts to unravel.Elia's father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind.A young boy is murdered, shaking the small community to its core.And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods...'Readers will devour this novel in one sitting as I did' Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter'Superb... Reads like a collaboration between Daphne du Maurier and Megan Abbott' The Irish Times'A wonderfully anxiety-inducing read, where everything is bubbling uneasily just below the surface' Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days'It took my breath away and kept me glued to the page until its heart-breaking end: a phenomenal achievement' Kirsty Wark, author of The Legacy of Elizabeth PringleSmart, dark, page-turning.Like an episode of Twin Peaks directed by Hitchcock.The best book of the summer, brilliantly translated by Alex Valente.