The Breaking of a Wave

Fabio Genovesi (Author) Will Schutt (Translator)


Winner of the Strega Prize: a young girl in Tuscany finds hope amid heartbreak in "a story about the lonely daydreams of outsiders" (Kirkus Reviews).

Smart, funny thirteen-year-old Luna lives in a small town on the coast of Tuscany. When her beloved brother, Luca, drowns in a surfing accident, Luna's mother retreats into herself, while Luna believes that Luca still speaks to her through a whalebone washed up on the nearby shore. At school, stricken by her loss yet determined to carry on, Luna makes a new friend and ally, the eccentric Zot, a boy from Chernobyl. Luna's fantasies will soon clash with the lies--even the well-intentioned ones--of the adult world, in this touching, funny, and imaginative novel by the celebrated author of Live Bait.

Product Details

$18.00  $16.56
Europa Editions
Publish Date
March 21, 2017
5.2 X 1.5 X 8.2 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Fabio Genovesi was born in Forte dei Marmi in Versilia in 1974. He is the author of Live Bait (Other Press, 2014), which has been translated into over ten languages, an earlier novel, Versilia Rock City, the memoir Morte Dei Marmi (Laterza, 2012), and the Strega Prize winning-novel, The Breaking of a Wave.


Praise for The Breaking of a Wave

"But beneath the boundless flow of colorful anecdote, character portrait, and discursive dialogue in and around the Tuscan town of Forte dei Marmi, there's a story about the lonely daydreams of outsiders...this immense, good-natured, self-indulgent tale offers a cumulative celebration of life in shaggy dog form."

"Open the book to any page...and find there traces of impeccable humor and of daring magic, of innocence and of sensuality, as if the entire book had been animated by a single, unique breath of life."
--Aldo Grasso, Corriere della Sera

"A timeless tale of the power of imagination and of the strength possessed solely by those still capable of astonishment, of the extraordinary experience of being unconventional, even when suffering may sometimes be the consequence."
--Elena Masuelli, TuttoLibri-La Stampa