There are many pleasures to be found in this absorbing, moving book – count me as a fan. – NZ Listener
New readers will fall in love with Pellegrino’s writing style, while long-time fans will delight when the story shifts gear and travels to Italy – and to deliciously familiar territory. – Australian Women’s Weekly (NZ Edition)
My heart is less than one per cent of my body, it weighs hardly anything; it’s only a tiny piece of me, yet it’s the part everyone finds most interesting. . .
Vivi Palmer knows what it’s like to live life carefully. Born with a heart defect, she was given a second chance after a transplant, but has never quite dared to make the most of it. Until she comes face-to-face with her donor’s mother, Grace, who wants something in return for Vivi’s new heart: her help to find all the other people who have tiny pieces of her son.
Reluctantly drawn into Grace’s mission, Vivi’s journalist training takes over as one by one she tracks down a small group of strangers. As their lives intertwine Vivi finds herself with a new kind of family, and by finding out more about all the pieces that make up the many parts of her, Vivi might just discover a whole new world waiting for her…
‘Pellegrino has a great flair for storytelling’ – NZ Listener
PRAISE FOR NICKY PELLEGRINO
‘Venice comes alive…warm, engaging and truly delicious’ ROSANNA LEY
‘A novel about how easy it is to become an observer in your own life, and the joy of learning to live again.’ JOJO MOYES
‘Written with intelligence, insight and warmth. Highly recommended’ CATHERINE ROBERTSON, NZ Listener