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‘MAGNIFICENT’ GUARDIAN ‘A TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘INVENTIVE, BOLD, UNEXPECTED’ THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘Everything that makes the novel worthwhile and engaging is here’ Guardian
‘Not since William Boyd’s Any Human Heart has a novel captured a single life with such invention and tenderness’ Financial Times
‘There is a pleasing sense of having grappled with the real stuff of life: loss, grief, love, desire, pain, uncertainty, confusion, joy, despair – all while having fun’ The Sunday Times
‘Masterly’ Ian McEwan
‘A real masterpiece’ Leïla Slimani
‘A remarkable accomplishment, a true gift to the world’ Michael Cunningham
‘Ardent, gripping, and inventive to the core’ Jhumpa Lahiri
Marco Carrera is ‘the hummingbird,’ a man with the almost supernatural ability to stay still as the world around him continues to change.
As he navigates the challenges of life – confronting the death of his sister and the absence of his brother; taking care of his parents; raising his granddaughter; coming to terms with his love for the enigmatic Luisa – Marco Carrera comes to represent the quiet heroism that pervades so much of our everyday existence.
A surprising and deeply moving reinvention of the family saga, this is a thrilling novel about the need to look to the future with hope and live with intensity to the very end.
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