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30 April 2024

The 100,000 copy Italian bestseller for fans of Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy

'Deliciously enjoyable' Katherine Heiny

'I adored it' Naoise Dolan

'Hilarious' Roddy Doyle

'Thrillingly original' Monica Ali

Vero has grown up in Rome with her eccentric family: an omnipresent mother who is devoted to her own anxiety; a father ruled by hygienic and architectural obsessions; and a precocious genius brother at the centre of their attention. As she becomes an adult, Vero's need to strike out on her own leads her into bizarre and comical situations, and a complicated relationship with truth and storytelling ...
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Imprint:   Virago
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   200g
ISBN:   9780349017693
ISBN 10:   0349017697
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Veronica Raimo is the author of four novels, the most recent of which, Lost On Me (Niente di Vero) was shortlisted for the Premio Strega Prize and won the Strega Giovani Prize and the Viareggio Repaci Prize. She contributes cultural articles to various Italian publications, and her translations into Italian include works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Octavia E. Butler, Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin. She lives in Rome.

Reviews for Lost on Me

Highly entertaining, thought-provoking and one of 2023's best novels yet * Strong Words * Funny and tender * Financial Times, Best Books of the Year 2023 * Wild, funny and disturbing, all I ask of a book about mothers and their daughters. -- Roddy Doyle * Irish Times, Best Books of 2023 * Excellent ... written in a spare and precise style from the pen of a biting narrator. It would be simply impossible for a book this good to go unnoticed * Big Issue * Remarkable. A darkly funny novel of rhythm, subtlety and nuance ... a writer who deserves as wide an audience as possible * New European * Restless and sly ... intelligently spiky * The Times * I fell head over heels in love with Lost on Me. What a thrillingly original voice! Raimo writes with a tender brutality that is simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking * Monica Ali, author of Love Marriage * I adored Lost on Me. With combustive prose and oxidising wit, Veronica Raimo sets fire to the Bildungsroman. A clear-eyed comedic talent who bends the novel form to her will -- Naoise Dolan A uproariously funny portrait of an unconventional family from a writer who knows the sliver of ice in the heart as well as she knows love. This deliciously enjoyable novel is a true original and one to savour -- Katherine Heiny When the book you start reading is immediately hilarious and deeply disturbing, you know you're onto something special. Lost on Me is that book -- Roddy Doyle Is it possible, today, to completely reinvent auto-fiction? For Veronica Raimo it clearly is. Get ready to talk about this book for a long, long time -- Paolo Giordano, author of The Solitude of Prime Numbers This book made me want to clear my calendar and read everything of Raimo's I could get my hands on. Incisive, engrossing, and deeply funny -- Julia May Jonas, author of Vladimir Like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, Veronica Raimo mocks the absurdities of her family life as well as tries to reconcile her own ambiguous feelings. A bold, provocative, and original book -- Lily Tuck, author of Sisters A desecrating and tender portrait of family that reels us in from the very first lines * Io Donna: Il Corriere della Sera * Many pages in this novel are so intense and unscrupulous that one feels the apprehension of being caught spying in a stranger's mailbox * Esquire Italia * Reading this novel is a blast ... Many of the pages are jellyfish stings: they burn on and on -- Claudia Durastanti, author of Strangers I Know Veronica Raimo is a stupendous comedian * La Stampa * A story that nails us down with a powerful first-person voice, clear and exhilarating. * Marie Claire Italia * With its stellar voice, Raimo's inquisitive and vulnerable novel proves tough to put down * Publishers Weekly * Lost on Me is the naughty grandson of Natalia Ginzburg's Family Lexicon ... Raimo has tapped the novelistic potential of her affections and has transformed them into comedy. The result deserves all of the praise flaunted on the cover * Il Corriere della Sera * Filled with humour and neuroses ... a witty and complex portrait of a woman becoming herself * Kirkus * Lost on Me was anything but; I was utterly seduced by this wry and fearless novel featuring the unforgettable voice of Vero, a young woman with a sharp sense of humour and a splendid eye for the absurd -- Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Dog of the North What a fresh, vivid and unpredictable voice, bursting with life, I loved it. Finally something that's not like everything else. -- Karl Geary, author of Montpelier Parade This bittersweet work of autofiction charts Verika's journey through her neurotic childhood to womanhood and her attempts - literal and metaphorical - to escape her family and their influence. Smart, funny ... a sharply tender portrait of a young woman's becoming * Marie Claire, Best Books of 2023 *

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