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"Descriptive but with a reserved and profound elegance which touches your heart. The psychological reading of the characters is surprising in its simplicity without any flaws, although complex with a deep impact. The book reads straight through and you will fall in love with the characters so it becomes difficult to let them go. And this is exactly the core of the novel: love in all its' aspects, even those which are painful and terrible but, mainly, the mad love for life, marked by the passing of the seasons where the maple becomes an undisputed protagonist, renewed every spring. A silent observer of the passing of time. It is in the delicacy of emotions where one remembers to have loved, to remember spring.
Recommended to all who are not afraid of soul-searching and who love to be moved... who love life and the drive to always look for the light."
“Stirring, I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Meticulous descriptions that make you live the book like a film. Delicate, very intimate. Fluent writing.”
“It's not the usual novel but very original. Written in a compelling way, the book describes the characters with a unique sensitivity making you experience their emotions as if you knew them. Flowing, I've been glued to it until the end. And with the description of time you seem to be in a three-dimensional book.”
A father clutches a present in his hands. It’s clumsily wrapped, but it's made with love. He looks at his child asleep under white sheets, his skin so pale that it disappears in the light fabric. His hair, as black as the night, falls in long locks across his delicate traits. He doesn’t want to wake him up, but he has to. It’s going to be a long and heavy journey for little Kaede, they are about to leave the hospital and Japan forever. Soon a plane will take them far away to safety.
Ten years go by. Kaede looks at the world through an inner glass, a barrier that helps him cope with his mind's numbness. A never-ending lethargy protects him but also isolates him from humanity. He has no memory of his childhood, nor of his broken relationship with his mother. One day, a sudden light makes its way through London's cloudy sky: Kaede’s life as a college student intertwines with that of Rey, a young Australian biologist. Both of them have a secret in their past, both seem tied together by the thread of destiny.
Autumn comes, and the ancient maple in the shadow of the terrace prepares for quiescence: it dips its leaves in the colour of blood and lets them go. Then it falls asleep, waiting for the return of spring.
This is a story of rebirth, a novel of growth, friendship, love. With the alternation of narration time and flashbacks the past is revisited, understood, exorcised. The acceptation of grief leads the two young men to the maturation and metamorphosis of their lives.
Francesca Cay was born in Cagliari, Sardinia, in 1982. A passionate lover of the animal world since childhood, she graduated in Evolutionary Biology in Rome, where she currently lives with her partner and an iguana. The love for writing comes in a particular moment of her life which turns into a full time profession. “The scars of spring” (original title “La primavera dell’acero tridente”) is her first novel.