Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti

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Lorenzo Cumi is a fourteen-year-old loner. His wealthy parents think he is away on a school skiing trip, but in fact he has stowed away in a forgotten cellar. For a week he plans to live in perfect isolation, keeping the adult world at bay. Then a visit from his estranged halfsister, Olivia, changes everything.

Me and You is a breathtaking tale of alienation acceptance and wanting to be loved. Written in Ammaniti’s prizewinning prose, this is a compulsive account of how one unlikely alliance between two outsiders blows open one family’s secrets.

About Niccolo Ammaniti

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Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written two collections of short stories and six novels, four of which have been translated into English. His second novel, I'll Steal You Away, was long listed for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He was the youngest ever winner of the Italian Viareggio Literary Prize for Fiction for his best-selling novel I'm Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages. As God Commands received the prestigious Premio Strega Prize in 2007, and his novel Me and You was made into a feature film by Bernardo Bertolucci. Kylee Doust [translator] studied Italian literature and linguistics at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She has lived in Italy since 1998.
Published February 1, 2012 by Black Cat. 177 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Solaced by Nutella, PlayStation and Stephen King novels, he’s living Introvert Idyll until his mom keeps calling his cell phone, demanding to speak to the mom who’s hosting the ski jaunt.

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Already a bestseller in Italy, Ammaniti’s slim but immensely engaging fourth novel presents Lorenzo Cuni, a precocious 14-year-old desperate for some space of his own.

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Me and You

Of course, she wants to speak to the mother of the girl who invited her son on the skiing trip, and Lorenzo knows that there’s really no way round that.

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Arts Fuse

Italian writer Niccolò Ammaniti usually writes with an unadorned style about moral predicaments of the young in small-town Italy.

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Full Stop

The estranged siblings, each unwilling to surrender the basement, endure a great deal of awkwardness before locating common ground.

Mar 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Me and You

The Hollywood Reporter

Venue: Cannes Film Festival (Out of Competition) Production companies: Fiction, Mario Gianani, Wildside, in association with Medusa Film Cast: Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Tea Falco, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar, Rommaso Ragno, Pippo Delbono Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Screenwriters: Niccolo A...

May 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Me and You


But this slender, be-pimpled "Beseiged" is only half-convincing, and even less engaging, as 14-year-old Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) and his young-adult junkie half-sister Olivia (Tea Falco) embrace the "claustrophilia" -- as Bertolucci calls it -- of a week spent hiding from the cruel world.

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