Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

A Novel

One snowy New Year’s Eve, nine-year-old Massimo wakes up to a long, anguished cry and the disconcerting image of his father being supported by two strangers. Inexplicably, his mother has disappeared, leaving only a vague trail of perfume in his room and her dressing gown bundled up at the foot of his bed. Where has she gone? Will she ever come back? And will Massimo be able to say he’s sorry after fighting with her the night before?

At turns poignant and funny, Sweet Dreams—already an international sensation—is both the story of a secret that has been kept hidden for forty years and the uplifting tale of a boy who, as he grows into an adult, has to gather the broken pieces of his life and realize that his mother was not the woman he thought she was.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476718606 | 
  • April 2014
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Forty years earlier, on New Year’s Eve, I woke up so early I thought I was still dreaming. I remember the scent of my mother in my room and her dressing gown at the foot of the bed. What was it doing there?

And then the snow on the window sill, the lights all on throughout the house, a sound of feet dragging along and that howl, like some wounded animal:

“Nooooo!”

I pushed my slippers onto the wrong feet, but there was no time to correct the mistake. The... see more

About the Author

Massimo Gramellini

Massimo Gramellini is a journalist at La Stampa, where he runs a front-page daily column called “Cuori allo Specchio.” L’ultima Riga Delle Favole is his first novel.

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