Simona Moroni is the author of Hollywood Daze, Medusa Blues and Nimf.
Caterina's father is Italian, her mother Dutch, she grows up in Milan. When she's ten years old, her mother dies and she is sent to live with her grandmother in the Netherlands. Her grandmother is still grieving, losing herself in the bottle, eventually losing custody over Caterina.
Going through several foster homes, Caterina tries to hold on to her sense of self, and helped by her new Dutch friends, finds courage and joy, and a way to deal with the sadness that her father and grandmother can't manage to shake off.
What they're saying:
"Moroni tells Caterina's coming-of-age convincingly. She brings each character to life with panache. The realistic description of a group of high school students leaves a big impression." -Trouw
"Moroni can really tell a story. With simple means, she knows how to bring the village to life and with its absurd and often ridiculous inhabitants, the book never becomes sentimental. Moroni gives the narrative immense momentum." -De Volkskrant
"This book is an easy read, I finished in three days. The main character touched me, I could feel everything she was going through. And delving deeper into the significance of the chapter names, I discovered a whole new layer to the story." -The Women's Library.
"In her debut novel Nimf, Italian-Dutch writer Simona Moroni shows great empathy and a dry sense of humor. " -Literary Netherlands
Stefania hops on a plane, with only her Fender and a crush on a Roman guy. What can go wrong? Soon, In Rome, Stefania meets two other expats; the Norwegian Mette who wants to become the next Karen Blixen and the slightly unhinged Joplin. Bursting with humor and a breathless style we follow three girls who want to live an adventurous life in a country struggling to wash away its sins.
What they're saying:
"After her celebrated debut novel, her next novel seems to be a sequel, it reminded me of 'La Meglio gioventù'. Moroni immerses the reader in an extravagant Rome. This novel captures not only the magic of the city, it's also about music (Blues): countless references to and many facts about musicians and songs. The musicality is even felt in its style." -Literary Nederland
"Moroni conveys in her book the importance of taking a risk. What follows is a dazzling story about three girls looking for a connection and their own path in life. This story transports you to Rome." -Italy Magazine
"Moroni writes with the light touch of chick-lit, and the complexity of a literary novel. A great combination." -Bol.com