Little Things That Save Us

Lorenza Gentile

Little Things That Save Us


Year: 2023

Pages: 320

The one thing you save might one day save you.

Gea’s small apartment in Milan is filled with what some might call junk. For the daughter of survivalists, there is no such thing. She cultivates her vegetable garden, recycling and adjusting odd objects for her quirky neighbors: an 80-year-old doorman, a taciturn pensioner, the owner of the local diner, and a 14-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a bus driver.

But Gea is lonely. People her age don’t understand her. Perhaps because she grew up with an apocalyptic father, or because she  misses her brother who always dreamed of living in a big city. Gea tries not to think about her past. She has a bigger mission: to save the local junk shop from a real estate speculator. Gea must find an ally, and fast, because if she can’t fix the past, at least she can create a better future. And meanwhile, she just may find love and friendship.

A handywoman who can fix everything but herself. 

A bankrupt junk store on the verge of eviction.  

A potpourri of irresistible characters essential to the neighborhood’s economy. 

When life seems cracked and broken, who says you can’t make it whole again?

Rights sold:
Germany (Droemer Verlag)
Poland (Wydawnictwo Czarna Owca)
Russia (Mann, Ivanov and Ferber)

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