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Mio figlio. L’amore che non ho fatto in tempo a dirgli

The book is based on the true story of Giuseppe’s suicide in Milan, in the night between the 24th and the 25th of May, 2014. Giuseppe was the 21-year-old son of the author. The aim of the story is to honour the boy’s memory and to help other parents to understand their children and to orient themselves in such difficult situations. The book analyses the causes of youth problems that can lead to suicide, through fragments of the boy’s short life, combined with moments of life of his father’s present. The backbone of the novel is divided into two main themes: gender identity and youth problems leading to self-destruction. Giuseppe was very reserved and introverted, to the point of choosing the voluntary isolation of hikikomori; he was a tormented kid, like many other kids these days, with huge doubts about his identity, to the point that he had created a second identity for himself: a young girl called Noemi. Bipolarity and self-isolation led him to not being able to see a future for himself and to ending it all. A book for parents, teachers, psychologists, educators and readers aged 13 years and above.

Marco Termenana, Giuseppe’s father, has a degree in Political Science. He was born in Venice in 1958 – even though he has southern origins – and he started working as a journalist in Salerno. Since 1980 he has been a member of the Italian Journalist Order. In 1982, he moved to Milan, where he worked as a press adviser for companies in the field of informatics and high technology. At the moment, he works as an executive for a leading Italian company.