In swampy Ischiano Scalo the adults are all losers and the children dream of escape. Meek little Pietro is constantly struggling with the torments of school bullies and indifferent parents. His only comforts lie in his friendship with Gloria (the prettiest, richest girl for miles) and his favourite teacher, Flora. And even they may not be enough to stop the rampage of the school psychopath.But Ischiano's most glamorous son is on his way home. Graziano Bigliano is the last of the great seducers- big and burly, long blond hair, aviator sunglasses and a brown leather jacket with an Apache eagle in pearls on the back. And he's returning to small-town life with lots to prove.With the momentum of a thriller and a cast of unforgettable grotesques, (from idiot policemen to self-obsessed would-be starlets, terrified headmasters to lustful janitors) Steal You Away is a masterpiece of betrayal and destruction, of thwarted hopes and unrequited loves, of grand dreams and sad realities.
`The new Italian word for talent is Ammaniti.' * The Times *
`Beneath the seemingly ordinary town life lurk brutal truths about a depressed countryside and the desperation of its poor inhabitants...another powerful story about the loss of childhood innocence in small-town Italy...Ammaniti's chilling and intimate story may be scored with sadness and violence, but he also has a very good line in sly humour.' * Sunday Tasmanian *
`The book unfolds with menace. Keeping the reader teetering on the brink of horrific possibilities...An affecting and shattering novel about the fragility of the human mind and the inherent selfishness of human beings.' * Herald Sun *
`Steal You Away has the momentum of a thriller and a cast of unforgettable grotesques, a masterpiece of betrayal and destruction, of thwarted hopes, unrequited loves, grand dreams and sad realities.' * Vogue Living *