What would they do once the fire goes out?
Two lifelong friends, Gianni Mazzaro and Matteo Radicci, set off on their summer travel, an annual ritual since their college days. This year it’s the Mediterranean, the first stop being a small village in the mountains of southern Italy - a town in which both their families hailed from. They soon discover that their ancestral town has one foot in the twenty-first century, one foot still firmly rooted in the past, where some of the locals are still clinging to ancient folkways, vendettas and superstitious beliefs. Something dark had taken place in the village some three decades earlier and the mere arrival of the two friends - and Gianni in particular - sets off a chain of events that will shake this sleepy village to its very core.
I am happy to announce that my new novel, “Mediterráneo”, is scheduled for release sometime in late June/mid July of this year. I have to say I had a hell of a lot of fun writing this over the past year and a half. It was begun in January 2011 and completed in March of 2012. Don’t let the “sunny” imagery the title invokes fool you. This is probably the strangest, darkest thing I’ve ever written and it certainly may not be for everyone. It’s a little hard to describe what kind of novel this is but let’s say that it’s something of a cross between a “Mediterranean Noir" and a Gothic thriller with dashes of “Transgressive Fiction” thrown in for good measure. The story here is totally fictional, of course, but it’s origins lie in my own genealogical research regarding my own family who also hail from southern Italy, Sicily and North Africa. More information is soon to follow but in the meantime, have a look at the book’s cover above.
Naturally this is the point where I shamelessly hawk my previous three novels: “November Rust” (2007), “Nadería” (2011) and “Be Still and Know That I Am” (2011). All three are available in paperback and eBook editions (both ePub and Kindle). I want to take the time to thank those who bought these three novels over the past couple of years. I am eternally grateful and thank you profusely for doing so. For more information about these three previous novels, you can find them via review/interviews conducted by the talented Garry Crystal, who is an author in his own right with two eBooks currently available. You can find them here and here.