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A bestselling novel in Italy, soon to be a motion picture directed by Edoardo Winspeare, Eva Sleeps is a sweeping family epic about forgiveness and conflict.
Eva, a forty-year-old public relations professional living in northern Italy, receives an unexpected message from southern Italy. Vito, a friend of her mother's, is very ill and would like to see her one last time. He is a retired police officer who was stationed in the north during the late sixties, a period rife with tension, protest, and violence. Eva soon discovers that long ago, Vito fell in love with a girl named Gerda--an inventive and accomplished cook, a single mother with a rich family history of her own, a northerner, and the sister of a terrorist, who also happened to be Eva's mother. Vito's affair with Gerda was a passionate one, but what was the nature of their love? And if he loved her so passionately, why did he return to Calabria? What scars did those years leave on Vito, and on Gerda? It's time for Eva to find out. Francesca Melandri was born in Rome. After a long and successful screenwriting career, Eva Sleeps is her literary debut and has been translated into many languages. Her second novel is entitled Higher than the Sea. She is also a documentary filmmaker and has two children. Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words without Borders ( wordswithoutborders.org ) and the coeditor with Ilya Kaminsky of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.