Con te al di là del mare (With you, beyond the sea)
Foreign rights sold: Albania
Aurora, eighteen, has just moved to a small town in Tuscany. Living in a house that had once belonged to her paternal grandfather, Aurora finds a model galleon that they were to build together before he died. She decides to build the model and via a blog meets Alessandro, 23, a nautical engineering student. An intense relationship of shared stories sparks between them, but when Aurora suggests that they meet, he backs off. Meanwhile, Aurora begins to date Riccardo, audacious and attractive. Frustrated by Alessandro’s reticence, she allows herself to be courted by Riccardo. One day, Alessandro suggests they meet on the train; Aurora gets to know him and falls head over heels in love even though Alessandro is in a wheelchair.
Foreign rights manager: LeeAnn Bortolussi firstname.lastname@example.org
Giulia Besa (Rome, Italy, 1990) debuted early with the novel Numero Sconosciuto (Einaudi Stile Libero Big, 2011). After several short stories that were warmly received by the reading public and a second novel, Raccontami ancora di noi (Sperling & Kupfer, 2015), with Giunti she published Il cattivo ragazzo che voglio (2016) and Con te al di là del mare (2017), which won the Premio Racalmare.