Author(s): Paolo Giordano
'HEAVEN AND EARTH is the perfect novel. Paolo Giordano is one of the handful of great writers working anywhere today' Edmund White Every summer Teresa follows her father to his childhood home in Puglia, down in the heel of Italy, a land of relentless, shimmering heat and centuries-old olive groves. There Teresa spends long afternoons enveloped in a sun-struck stupor, reading her grandmother's cheap crime paperbacks. Everything changes the summer she meets the three boys who live on the masseria next door: Nicola, Tommaso and Bern - the man Teresa will love for the rest of her life. Raised like brothers on a farm that feels to Teresa almost suspended in time, the three boys share a complex, intimate and seemingly unassailable bond. But no bond is unbreakable and no summer truly endless, as Teresa soon discovers. Because there is resentment underneath the surface of that strange brotherhood, a twisted kind of love that protects a dark secret. And when Bern - the enigmatic, restless gravitational centre of the group - commits a brutal act of revenge, not even a final pilgrimage to the edge of the world will be enough to bring back those perfect, golden hours in the shadow of the olive trees. From the creator and writer of the new HBO series WE ARE WHO WE ARE, co-written and directed by Luca Guadagnino (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) and starring Chloe Sevigny.
Like a red-blooded Italian version of 'Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow' this book takes you on a journey through a great love story. As kids Teresa and Bern spend their summer holidays together at the masseria in the heel of Italy.
The place is run as self sufficiently as possible and, with two other boys, they form a close bond surrounded by nature.
The four of them make discoveries, some of which are thrilling and forbidden, and their relationship with each other becomes a tangled knot.
As they grow up they have wonderful times together but their past presents difficulties for the two lovers.
The atmosphere of this novel is close and feverish.
It's told through Teresa as she untangles the knot to reveal the things keeping her and Bern apart.
For the brilliance of the seascapes and villages of southern Italy and the lessons in life and love, it's a novel worth reading. David