What Hell Is Not

What Hell Is Not

Alessandro D'Avenia

Literature & Fiction / Romance

A heart-rending story of deprivation and resilience in mafia-run Palermo 'Take away love and you will have hell, you used to say to me, Don Pino. Give love and you will have what hell is not.' Sicily, 1993. Fear rules the streets of Palermo. Teenage boys patrol the narrow streets armed with AK-47's, marking out the territory of their mafia bosses. This is what hell is. Federico, a privileged local boy, is asked by his teacher, Don Pino, to help out at the youth club he runs in one of the most destitute areas of the city. A tangle of alleys controlled by men with nicknames like the Hunter, it is also where kids like Francesco, Lucia, and Totò never give up hope for a different life. Over that long hot summer, far removed from his familiar surroundings, a new world opens up for Federico, but when Don Pino is murdered, the future of the kids is entrusted to his young hands. Based on real events, What Hell is Not is a heartrending story...
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White as Silence, Red as Song

White as Silence, Red as Song

Alessandro D'Avenia

Literature & Fiction / Romance

Hailed as Italy's The Fault in Our Stars, this Italian bestseller is now available for the first time in English."I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . ."Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn't know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty, Beatrice. She doesn't know Leo exists, but he's convinced that his dream to win her over will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn't know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.Having already sold over a million copies in Italy,...
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