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Lesser Isles (Isole Minori)



Original Language: Italian | 250 pp. | May 2016

2 Seas Represents: French, Dutch, Nordic, Portuguese and World English rights

Rights Sold: Israel (Kinneret Zmora), Germany (Droemer Knaur), France (Préludes), Spain (Navona)

Full French & German translation and English sample available

Over 10,000 copies sold


Isole minori is a story of friendships that intertwine and fade, only to become stronger than ever; it’s a book in praise of a non-conformist Italy that lasts through time; it’s a homage to Elsa Morante’s Isola di Arturo, a novel much loved by the author, who was inspired by the hero of that book to create the character of her own Pietro, as she explains in this interview. -Rai Letteratura

As you read, the Isola del Giglio holds you spellbound: you can hear the sound of the waves, feel the blind heat of summer and the sting of salt on your eyelids. Or perhaps the sting comes because you are so moved, because Lorenza Pieri’s first novel makes you do a lot of crying. A book that sums up “everything”, the whole of life. -Donna Moderna

Somewhere between a Bildungsroman, a family saga and a panorama of the past forty years of Italian history, Lorenza Pieri’s novel is an intense and luminous book, in which language has the magnetic force of the wild nature and sea that inspire it. -Rai 5

In this book a small miracle occurs: using the structure of the family saga and simple, intimate language, the author has succeeded in making the little island into the political and sentimental focus of her story. An island forgotten by the history books, which for one long moment offers a mini-history of almost forty years of Italy. -Internazionale

In the comings and goings between the island and the continent (meaning Europe, too), the stretch of sea between Porto Santo Stefano and Giglio Porto acts as the symbol of equivalence in a disproportion: on this side the microcosm, on the other the macrocosm. And yet the greater must be reduced in proportion to the lesser, embracing everyone’s History in the perimeter of its individual story. -La Repubblica 

A novel that reflects the modern, Mediterranean spirit of its author and in which the outline of a larger island can be glimpsed in the archipelagus of Italian novels. -Io Donna-Corriere della Sera

Two sisters, Caterina (the continent) and Teresa (the smaller island) grow up on Giglio in a natural, female-centred world (a passionate mother, a war-widowed grandmother from Romagna), forming the “strange plant of female fruit”. Then they separate to live their lives. In a voice full of sunlight, with echoes of both Elsa Morante and Elena Ferrante, Pieri narrates 40 years of Italian history in pages where you can actually hear the slap of plastic sandals and the balls on the pinball machine dropping “with a crash like a landslide.” -Vanity Fair

Two sisters are born in the 1970s on an island with fewer than a thousand inhabitants, to a combative mother, a pleasure-loving father, and a grandmother who was a partisan fighter in the Second World War. The story of a family over four decades, a story centered geographically, politically, and emotionally on a small Mediterranean isle, the Isola del Giglio. A place that appears to be a terrestrial paradise, isolated from the rest of the world—a place that the main character, Teresa, tries to leave behind her as she searches for her own place in the world, only to find that she must always return here to settle old accounts.

Just as she must reckon with the place that her beloved and domineering sister plays in her life, the political events that she never herself experienced but which continue to obsess her, and finally with her yearning for the seemingly endless summer that was her childhood. Until one day History returns to pay a call on the Isle of Giglio, in the form of an enormous passenger liner, stranded and wrecked, and Teresa finally sees that to put herself on the line is the key that will allow her to take back everything from which she once felt she had to run.


France (Préludes)