A powerful, epic novel of four friends as they grapple with desire, youth, death, and faith in a sweeping story by the international bestselling author of The Solitude of Prime Numbers
“Heaven and Earth is a stunning achievement and confirms him as an electrifying presence in contemporary fiction.”
-André Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name and Find Me
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.
Everything changes the summer she meets the three boys who live on the farm 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.
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.
An unforgettable story of enduring love, the bonds between men, and the all-too-human search for meaning, Heaven and Earth is an old-fashioned pleasure of a big, sprawling novel in which to lose oneself.