The Scent of Your Breath by Melissa P.

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Melissa P.'s fictionalized memoir, 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, became an international literary phenomenon, selling over two million copies worldwide and inspiring profiles in Vanity Fair and The New York Times, as well as a warning from the pope. The Scent of Your Breath, the second installment in her series of confessions, is a smoldering tale of obsessive love and destructive passion.

Melissa, desperate for love and willing to do anything to find it, is now a successful writer in Rome, living with her new lover, Thomas. But as soon as she meets Viola, a woman from Thomas's past, sexual passion and insecurity mount in tandem, and Melissa is consumed with jealousy. Written as a confessional letter to her mother, the story that follows is one of dark obsession, violent lust, and soul-destroying talent. Driven by Melissa's singular voice — that unique and compelling combination of impetuous naivete and poetic sophistication that has mesmerized readers in thirty-one countries — The Scent of Your Breath blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy and delves deep into the disturbing yet strangely familiar mind of a teenage girl terrorized by love.

About Melissa P.

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Patrick Faas writes a food column in the national Dutch newspaper "De Volkskrant." Shaun Whiteside has translated many books from French, German, Italian, and Dutch, including works by Freud and Nietzsche.
Published July 17, 2006 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 133 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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The first book from the Italian writer known as Melissa P., described as a “fictionalized memoir” on the jacket, was a breathless erotic diary called “100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed,” in which the narrator quickly dispensed with her virginity and proceeded to bed as many men as she could squ...

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A breathless autobiographical second novel by this bright young Sicilian writer (100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed ) explores a young woman's riveting, cataclysmic conflict between maternity and romantic passion.

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