The house is floodlit; the crystal glasses are ready; the waiters and maids are lined up. A delicate Chanel dress lies on the bed. Eugenia De Gasperis is late for her father’s birthday party, and she knows full well that a celebration for a prominent Milanese entrepreneur such as her father will be no ordinary occasion. She enters the house in a hurry, and then she stops, taken aback: The drawing room is empty.
The news came a few days ago: The De Gasperis company’s huge building site has been seized, and Paolo, Eugenia’s father, has been charged with serious offenses. Lucy, his wife, is devastated: She can already see their assets confiscated, their family ruined.
But Eugenia does not know that everything is changing. She doesn’t want to know. Because not long ago, at university, she met Tobias, the first boy who has ever made her feel intelligent, straightforward, real. He is half German and has lived in Milan for a few months. He is far removed from the glittering world in which she has grown up; he doesn’t know anything about luxury or parties at the villa, and in Eugenia, he sees a depth she didn’t know she had. Together—on late-night strolls and stolen afternoons when they should be studying—they discover an unexpected city made up of cloisters and country roads off the beaten path. But dreams do not always last. Eugenia will eventually have to return home to stand by her family. And she will have to decide the destiny of her newly found love.
Giulia Ottaviano has written a page-turner, a book that tells of desires and fears as we experience them today.


Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci (1929–2006) was defined as “one of the most-read and best-loved writers in the world” by the dean of Chicago’s Columbia College, who awarded her an honorary degree in literature. As a war correspondent she had covered the great majority of our time’s conflicts, from Vietnam to the Middle East. Her books have been translated and sold in thirty countries.


  • book: A Man: A Novel
  • book: Letter to a Child Never Born

RCS Libri Authors

EBooks by RCS Libri


  • RCS Libri includes publishing houses with great traditions and prestige, such as Rizzoli, Bompiani, BUR, Sonzogno, Fabbri, Adelphi, Marsilio, Lizard, and RL. Its authors include Oriana Fallaci, Dacia Maraini, and Giulia Ottaviano.