Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Fabio Bartolomei

We Are Family

Cover: We Are Family - Fabio Bartolomei

Fabio Bartolomei

We Are Family

2018, pp. 320, e-Book
ISBN: 9781787701519
Translated by: Antony Shugaar
Region: Italy
Paper Paper Paper
£ 10.99
Where to buy Where to buy Where to buy

The book

How to save the world, one family at a time

Al Santamaria is a child prodigy, probably a genius, perhaps even the greatest mind of the twentieth century. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he, alone, will save the human race. But first he has to solve a far more urgent problem: finding a home for his family.

He exists, like many kids, somewhere between reality and fantasy, enjoying time with imaginary friends and wielding magical powers. He has a wonderful relationship with his father, Mario Elvis, and his mother, Agnese, and he’s convinced he has the best family in the world.

But life isn’t all roses for the Santamaria family. They are typical of many Italian families today; their lives seem suspended between conflicting impulses. They are puffed up with delusions of grandeur and outsized ambition, yet plagued by nostalgia for a golden age that never really existed. They are paralyzed by the inability to fully believe in their own dreams and hampered by the secret belief that a hero will soon come to their rescue. Reminiscent of the Malaussenes in the beloved series by Daniel Pennac, the Santamarias are the centerpiece in a detailed and wonderfully comic diorama of modern Italy.

Despite the challenges of modern life, however, Al is not about to give up. He has the energy, imagination, endurance, and enchanting unselfconsciousness of a child. And, although he doesn’t know it yet, he is going to remain a child his entire life.

We Are Family is a heartwarming and inspiring postmodern fable, the story of a modern-day Peter Pan, his everyday miracles, and the bittersweet joys of everyday life.

“Fabio Bartolomei recounts contemporary Italy with fantastic levity.”—La Repubblica

“As magical and fragile as a soap bubble.”—Elle Italy

“Visionary and unruly…”— Marie Claire Italy

“A story that doesn’t take itself seriously but addresses serious topics.”—The Daily Beast on Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles

The author

Fabio Bartolomei
Fabio Bartolomei was born and lives in Rome. He’s a writer, a screenwriter, and a teacher of creative writing. His debut novel was Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles (Europa, 2012) and with We Are Family, his second novel, he won the Elle Magazine Readers’ Grand Prize.

Reviews

Books by region

  • Cover: What's Progress - Aldo Schiavone

    Aldo Schiavone

    What's Progress

    2021, pp. 128, £ 11.99
    Does it still make sense to talk about progress?
  • Cover: Oxygen - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Oxygen

    2021, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?
  • Cover: Tonight is Already Tomorrow - Lia Levi

    Lia Levi

    Tonight is Already Tomorrow

    2021, pp. 224, £ 12.99
    The tragic history of mid-century Europe told through the lives of ordinary people
  • Cover: The Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante

    Elena Ferrante

    The Days of Abandonment

    2021, pp. 192, £ 8.99
    The shocking story of a woman's descent into desperate loneliness.
  • Cover: Atlantis. A Journey in Search of Beauty - Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano

    Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano

    Atlantis. A Journey in Search of Beauty

    2020, pp. 320, £ 14.99
    World-famous architect Renzo Piano and his son Carlo set sail from Genoa one late Summer day, guided by the ancestral desire felt by many explorers...
  • Cover: The Night in Gethsemane - Massimo Recalcati

    Massimo Recalcati

    The Night in Gethsemane

    2020, pp. 80, £ 10.99
    In The Night in Gethsemane, Massimo Recalcati, one of Italy’s highest regarded psychoanalysts, traces the relationship between biblical text...

More suggestions

  • Cover: Oxygen - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Oxygen

    2021, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?
  • Cover: The Son of the House - Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    The Son of the House

    2021, pp. 304, £ 13.99
    In Igboland, the lives of two Nigerian women change forever…
  • Cover: Thirst - Amélie Nothomb

    Amélie Nothomb

    Thirst

    2021, pp. 112, £ 12.99
    The Gospel according to Amélie.
  • Cover: Remote Sympathy - Catherine Chidgey

    Catherine Chidgey

    Remote Sympathy

    2021, pp. 464, £ 16.99
    The looming presence of the nearby prison camp – lying just beyond a patch of forest – is the only blot to mar what is otherwise an idyllic life...
  • Cover: Salina. The Three Exiles - Laurent Gaudé

    Laurent Gaudé

    Salina. The Three Exiles

    2021, pp. 144, £ 11.99
    A timeless story between foundational tale and myth.
  • Cover: Brotherhood - Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Brotherhood

    2021, pp. 208, £ 11.99
    A novel about cowardice and courage in the face of repression, from a powerful new voice of French-African literature