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“Stop all this talk about monsters, Michele. Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.”
A sweltering heat wave hits a tiny village in Southern Italy, sending the adults to seek shelter, while their children bicycle freely throughout the countryside, playing games and getting into trouble. On a dare, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano enters an old, abandoned farmhouse, where he stumbles upon a secret so terrible that he can’t tell anybody. As the truth emerges, Michele learns that the horror in the creepy old house is closer to home than he ever imagined.
A widely acclaimed international bestseller, I’m Not Scared is a spine-tingling novel that combines a coming of age narrative with a satisfying, enthralling story of suspense.
“A suspense story as gripping as any Hitchcock classic.” —The Washington Post
“Niccolò Ammaniti is talented, and his descriptions of the sun-baked Italian earth give off a heat that singes the reader’s fingertips. . . . Enjoy this book right down to its bittersweet Faulknerian ending.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Ammaniti [has an] almost cinematic ability to conjure detail . . . utterly convincing.” —The New Yorker
“This book is breathless, and surprising, to the last word.” —The Baltimore Sun