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Heaven and Earth

Paolo Giordano

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation

An epic love story that spans twenty years and half the globe, from Puglia to a frozen cave in Iceland.

'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.

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Praise for Heaven and Earth

  • Confirms Paolo Giordano as an electrifying presence in contemporary fiction. - Andre Aciman, bestselling author of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and FIND ME

  • Perfect, moving, honest, brilliant, with characters who feel like old friends - Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of LESS

  • Heaven and Earth is beautifully but not ostentatiously written, peopled with unforgettable characters, a powerful love story, animated by ideas, visually stunning. Paolo Giordano is one of the handful of great writers working anywhere today. - Edmund White

  • This is at once a lush picture of growing up in the Italian countryside and a deeply affecting story of friendships under the strain of time and tragedy. Giordano's best book yet. - Dave Eggers, bestselling author of THE CIRCLE

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Paolo Giordano

PAOLO GIORDANO is a physicist and a bestselling writer. His first novel, THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS, was translated into more than 40 languages worldwide and won the Premio Strega (the Italian Booker).
Paolo is the author of the forthcoming novel HEAVEN AND EARTH and of the pamphlet HOW CONTAGION WORKS, a rallying cry inspired by the recent CoV-19 epidemic. He is also the creator of the new HBO series WE ARE WHO WE ARE, co-written and directed by Luca Guadagnino.
He holds a master's degree and a PhD in theoretical physics.

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