“Brilliantly conjured . . . This is a novel about first secrets, about childhood’s privacy and discovery. . . . Burt’s great talent is to recapture their freshness and power.”
“Burt keeps the tension simmering in the Italian heat by attaching a sense of impending doom to the children’s most innocuous actions. . . . This is a tale for the post—James Bulger generation.”
“A menacing, seductive vision of misspent youth.”
–The Independent on Sunday
“Beautifully written and achingly sad.”
“A haunting, compelling tale.”
From the Hardcover edition.