When Elena falls in love with Riccardo, she also falls in love with the idea of a bigger world beyond her sheltered life in rural Italy. And when she loses him, she gives up her hopes for the future and her expectations of happiness, filling the sudden void in her life with her son and brother-in-law. It is only when the young Marco rejects the role his mother has created for him and flees for Paris, with its migrant populations, political protests and romantic possibilities, that all three come to realise how tightly they have been bound within a triangle of conspiracy and how much they must risk to break free from the secrets of the past.
BEN FACCINI grew up in rural France, was educated in England, and has lived in Paris, London and Italy. His first novel was The Water-Breather (Flamingo, 2002).