Original title: Gli spaiati
- 2 Seas Represents: Dutch Rights.
- Rights sold: Film rights
- English sample available
- From Einaudi by the same author: L’amore è eterno finché non risponde (2016), her debut novel, which sold 20,000 copies.
“A terrific pen connected to a brilliant mind” – Luciana Littizzetto
“A female Woody Allen” – Antonio Pascale
The Dismatched hold all the cards to happiness. Simply they can’t. The most adorable divorce attorney in Italian fiction, Olivia Marni, has finally got engaged. Not only she doesn’t have a broken heart, but she even has a handsome, intelligent, sensitive man by her side: Luca. But Olivia isn’t happy. Olivia can’t be happy. She has left Naples to follow Luca and moved to Milan, and perhaps this is the most difficult divorce she has ever had to face.
In Milan, a city always on the go, “where nobody gives a damn about your happiness. All they care about is efficency. And worst of all, she has even sacrificed her friendship with Viola. Does Olivia Marni have a natural talent for unhappiness? No. Ester Viola shows us that there are people who are simply unsuited to happiness and life in a couple, people who can ruin everything, always, just to go back to being alone: the dismatched.
The dismatched know that love does not fill life, but empties it. They do not have the submissive nature required to face life as a couple at any cost, and they know for sure that every love story doesn’t last forever, in spite of all the efforts to keep it afloat. Ester Viola draws feelings with a sharp pen and tells us the truths we don’t want to hear, even from our best friends, entertaining us with irresistible intelligence.