Melissa, the Sicilian girl from One Hundred Strokes who was desperate for love and willing to do anything to find it, is now a successful writer in Rome, living with her new lover, Thomas. He is sensual, patient, and comforting – the antithesis of all the men who came before. But as soon as she meets Viola, a young woman from Thomas' past, sexual passion and insecurity grow in tandem, and Melissa is consumed with jealousy. Written as a confessional letter to her mother, the story is one of dark obsession, violent lust, and soul-destroying talent, teeming with the ghosts and dragonfly-women Melissa is convinced are trying to steal her man and bring about her ruin.
Driven by Melissa’s singular voice – that unique and compelling combination of impetuous naïvete and poetic sophistication that has mesmerised readers around the world – The Scent of Your Breath blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy and delves deep into the disturbing yet strangely familiar mind of a teenage girl terrorized by love.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 08 / 2006
- 127 x 175mm