‘MAGNIFICENT’ GUARDIAN’A TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT’ FINANCIAL TIMES’INVENTIVE, BOLD, UNEXPECTED’ THE SUNDAY TIMES’Everything that makes the novel worthwhile and engaging is here: warmth, wit, intelligence, love, death, high seriousness, low comedy, philosophy, subtle personal relationships and the complex interior life of human beings’Guardian’Not since William Boyd’s Any Human Heart has a novel captured the feast and famine nature of a single life with such invention and tenderness’Financial Times’There is a pleasing sense of having grappled with the real stuff of life: loss, grief, love, desire, pain, uncertainty, confusion, joy, despair – all while having fun’The Sunday Times’The kind of novel summer is made for: instantly immersive, playfully inventive, effortlessly wise’Observer’Masterly: a cabinet of curiosities and delights, packed with small wonders’Ian McEwan’A real masterpiece.
A funny, touching, profound book that made me cry like a little girl on the last page’Leila Slimani’A remarkable accomplishment, a true gift to the world’Michael Cunningham’Ardent, gripping, and inventive to the core’Jhumpa LahiriMarco Carrera is ‘the hummingbird,’ a man with the almost supernatural ability to stay still as the world around him continues to change. As he navigates the challenges of life – confronting the death of his sister and the absence of his brother; taking care of his parents as they approach the end of their lives; raising his granddaughter when her mother, Marco’s own child, can no longer be there for her; coming to terms with his love for the enigmatic Luisa – Marco Carrera comes to represent the quiet heroism that pervades so much of our everyday existence. A thrilling novel about the need to look to the future with hope and live with intensity to the very end. THE NO. 1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLEROver 300,000 copies soldSoon to be a major motion pictureWinner of the Premio StregaWinner of the Prix du Livre EtrangerBook of the Year for the Corriere della Sera