The first short story collection by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Rome – metropolis and monument, suspended between past and future, multi-faceted and metaphysical – is the protagonist, not the setting, of these nine stories.
A man recalls a summer party that awakens an alternative version of himself. A couple haunted by a tragic loss return to seek consolation. An outsider family is pushed out of the block in which they hoped to settle. A set of steps in a Roman neighbourhood connects the daily lives of the city’s myriad inhabitants. This is an evocative fresco of Rome, the most alluring character of all: contradictory, in constant transformation and a home to those who know they can’t fully belong but choose it anyway.