With rare sympathy and tenderness, Ben Faccini sets his characters on a quest for their place in the world. You'll want to carry their suitcases
William Fiennes, author of THE SNOW GEESE
A striking work, every page, every sentence, bearing the flush and ardour of true life. One reads ever more quickly, with ever more fervour, taking in its deep observations - one of the two best novels I've read in years!
Paula Fox, author of BORROWED FINERY
The story moves towards a powerful climax, where everything seems to make sense. Giacomo's patient, quiet adoration of Elena; Elena's disturbed tie to her late husband and needy, clingy love for her son; Marco's exciting, challenging relationship with his girlfriend - these are the stories of what it means to love and be loved. All the characters bar Marco are immigrants. Deportation and violent protest form part of the backdrop to the story, but they stay in the background. Faccini doesn't feel the need directly to address issues of immigration such as inclusion or racism. He is more interested in exploring psychological aspects of one of France's major contemporary issues. Faccini moves across this emotional territory with fluent ease, weaving a common theme through each character. All must discover their place, what it takes to belong and the many trials of love. Faccini's elegantly crafted prose is often poetic and carries complex emotions.