By Erri De Luca
It is a tale advised by way of a boy in his 13th yr, recorded in his mystery diary. His existence is ready to alter; his global, approximately to open.
He lives in Montedidio—God’s Mountain—a cluster of alleys within the center of Naples. He brings a paycheck domestic each Saturday from Mast’Errico’s carpentry workshop the place he sweeps the ground. he's on his approach to turning into a man—his boy’s voice is leaving behind him. His wood boomerang is neither toy nor device, yet whatever in among. Then there's Maria, the thirteen-year-old lady who lives above him and, like such a lot of women, is wiser than he. She consists of the load of a mystery existence herself. She’ll converse to him for the 1st time this summer time. there's additionally his friendship with a cobbler named Rafaniello, a Jewish refugee who has escaped the horrors of the Holocaust, who has no inspiration how lengthy he’s been in this earth, and who's stated to sprout wings for a blessed few.
It is 1963, a tender man’s summer season of discovery. A time for a boy with blameless palms and a natural middle to seem past the standard in daily issues to work out the far-reaching panorama, and all of its chances, from a rooftop terrace on God’s Mountain.