Enzo Gianmaria Napolillo
Carlo went out by himselfAuthor: Enzo Gianmaria Napolillo
Carlo never leaves his house alone or speaks to strangers; his attention is focused on counting: crumbs on the table, drops of rain on the windowpane, stars in the sky. Years ago, in middle school, his teacher told him that “a straight line is an infinite series of dots”. She failed to add that some lines end abruptly and can’t be fixed- like him. The day his life fell apart, he was just a child, an underdog, in the school courtyard. Now, at 33 years old, Carlo has built a wall between himself and the outside world. The only people he trusts are his parents and his sister Jade who know why he refuses to leave the house alone. Just when Carlo’s parents have given up hope, he meets Leda at the coffee bar where he and his father always have breakfast. New in town, Leda likes his peculiar ways. And because she too is damaged, they make a tacit alliance. Together, they seek to make peace with the past and find a pathway towards the future. Of their mutual pain a ray of hope is born. Ultimately, Carlo will learn to leave the house alone in order not to be alone.
Publish Date: 2020
Page Count: 256