It's sold 1.5 million copies and is the most successful Italian novel of last year and now finally Massimo Gramellini's Sweet Dreams, Little One has been published in English.
It is early morning on New Year’s Eve, and nine-year-old Massimo wakes up to a long, sad cry and the image of his dad being supported by two strangers. Massimo's mother has disappeared, leaving only a scent of perfume in his room and her dressing gown bundled up at the foot of his bed.
That is the opening premise of Massimo Gramellini's Sweet Dreams, Little One, which has been translated into 20 languages.
Described as both "poignant and funny", Sweet Dreams, Little One is the story of a secret which has been kept hidden for forty years. “I knew in my heart that my mother had killed herself, and when I read of similar stories in the papers I tried to ignore them,“ declares the author.
Born in 1960, Massimo Gramellini is Deputy Editor at the Rome-based newspaper La Stampa and a household name in Italy thanks to his regular TV appearances.