The Temptation to Be Happy (Hardcover)

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By Lorenzo Marone, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
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A major bestseller in Italy and translated into 15 languages. This is a funny, happy, sad story of Cesare, a 77-year-old colorful curmudgeon who believes his life is washed up (and has been for almost forever.) But in a quirky Neapolitan way, Cesare becomes intrigued by Emma, his young neighbor with a sinister husband, and finds renewed purpose and passion for everything about his life. Poignant, eccentric, wise, and truly wonderful!!!

— Carolyn


"Uh-oh, here comes another one of those colorful curmudgeons who drop pearls of senior wisdom on their way to a new lease on life. Cesar certainly fits the stereotype, but he's funny, interesting and grumpy enough to stay on the winning side of the formula."--The New York Times Book Review
"Marone's characters, irreverent and absurd, embark on adventures they had ceased to allow themselves to imagine in this darkly comedic take on aging." -- World Literature Today

Cesare is 77 years old, a widower and cynical troublemaker, a man who has always had trouble caring for others and has given up trying. Aside from an intermittent fling with a mature nurse called Rossana, who moonlights as a sex worker, he prefers to live his own life, avoiding contact with his neighbors and even his own children wherever possible. Until one day, the enigmatic Emma moves into the neighboring flat.

Emma is ​​married to a strange and sinister man. A man that seems so different from Emma. As Cesare investigates, and starts to uncover the truth of their relationship, he begins to rediscover an appetite for life, and soon he finds himself risking everything for a future he had never thought possible.

About the Author

Lorenzo Marone was born in 1974. He originally trained as a lawyer before changing career to follow his passion for writing. He lives in Naples with his wife and son. Shaun Whiteside translates literature from German, Italian, French and Dutch into English. He lives in London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781786071873
ISBN-10: 1786071878
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English