The Scent of Your Breath

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Black Cat, 2006 - Fiction - 133 pages
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Melissa P.'s fictionalized memoir, 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, became an international literary phenomenon, selling over two million copies worldwide and inspiring profiles in Vanity Fair and The New York Times, as well as a warning from the pope. The Scent of Your Breath, the second installment in her series of confessions, is a smoldering tale of obsessive love and destructive passion.

Melissa, desperate for love and willing to do anything to find it, is now a successful writer in Rome, living with her new lover, Thomas. But as soon as she meets Viola, a woman from Thomas's past, sexual passion and insecurity mount in tandem, and Melissa is consumed with jealousy. Written as a confessional letter to her mother, the story that follows is one of dark obsession, violent lust, and soul-destroying talent. Driven by Melissa's singular voice -- that unique and compelling combination of impetuous naivete and poetic sophistication that has mesmerized readers in thirty-one countries -- The Scent of Your Breath blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy and delves deep into the disturbing yet strangely familiar mind of a teenage girl terrorized by love.

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What can I say about this book.... I didn't like it, I found it boring, I wasted my money. I found that it was really confusing trying to understand what was happening. It's meant to be her writing as ... Read full review

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I had read her previous "novel" - 1000 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed. I should not have been surprised but was still disappointed at the disjointed and rather awkward pacing of the book. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Born in Catania, Melissa P. lives in the village of Aci Castello in Sicily. She is now eighteen years old, and about to leave high school. Los Cien Golpes is her first novel.

Shaun Whiteside s translations from the German include classics by Freud, Musil, and Nietzsche. He lives in London.

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