the bestselling author of The Solitude of
comes a searing novel of war and the journey from youth into manhood.
In Paolo Giordano’s
highly-awaited new novel, a platoon of young men and one woman soldier leaves
Italy for one of the most dangerous places on earth. Forward Operating Base
(FOB) in the Gulistan district of Afghanistan is nothing but an exposed sandpit
scorched by inescapable sunlight and deadly mortar fire.
Each member in the platoon
manages the toxic mix of boredom and fear that is life at the FOB in his own
way. Brash Cederna shamelessly picks on the virgin Ietri. Giulia Zampieri
seemingly navigates this male-dominated world with ease—until two male comrades
start vying for her attention. And for medical officer Alessandro Egitto, the
FOB serves as an escape from a real life even more dangerous than one fought
with guns. At night, lying on their beds, they feel the beat of their own
hearts, the ceaseless activity of the human body. But when a much-debated
mission goes devastatingly awry, the soldiers find their lives changed in an
A heartrending, redemptive
story about brotherhood and family, modern war and the wars we wage with
ourselves, Paolo Giordano’s visceral novel reminds us what it is to be human. Download and start listening now!