A razor-sharp and delightfully funny bestselling Italian novel about sex, love, family - and becoming a writer
The 100,000 copy Italian bestseller for fans of Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy
'Deliciously enjoyable' Katherine Heiny
'I adored it' Naoise Dolan
'Hilarious' Roddy Doyle
'Thrillingly original' Monica Ali
Vero has grown up in Rome with her eccentric family: an omnipresent mother who is devoted to her own anxiety, a father ruled by hygienic and architectural obsessions, and a precocious genius brother at the centre of their attention. As she becomes an adult, Vero's need to strike out on her own leads her into bizarre and comical situations: she tries (and fails) to run away to Paris at the age of fifteen; she moves into an unwitting older boyfriend's house after they have been together for less than a week; and she sets up a fraudulent (and wildly successful) street clothing stall to raise funds to go to Mexico. Most of all, she falls in love - repeatedly, dramatically, and often with the most unlikely and inappropriate of candidates.
As she continues to plot escapades and her mother's relentless tracking methods and guilt-tripping mastery thwart her at every turn, it is no wonder that Vero becomes a writer - and a liar - inventing stories in a bid for her own sanity.
Narrated in a voice as wryly ironic as it is warm and affectionate, Lost on Me seductively explores the slippery relationship between deceitfulness and creativity (beginning with Vero's first artistic achievement: a painting she steals from a school classmate and successfully claims as her own). Deceptively simple, its tenderness offset by moments of cool brutality, Lost on Me is a masterwork of human observation.
Is it possible, today, to completely reinvent auto-fiction? For Veronica Raimo it clearly is. Get ready to talk about this book for a long, long time
A desecrating and tender portrait of family that reels us in from the very first lines - Il Corriere della Sera
Reading this novel is a blast ... Many of the pages are jellyfish stings: they burn on and on
Many pages in this novel are so intense and unscrupulous that one feels the apprehension of being caught spying in a stranger's mailbox - Esquire Italia
Veronica Raimo is the only person whose prose has made me laugh out loud since I was a teenager
Veronica Raimo is a stupendous comedian - La Stampa