Thirsty Sea

Erica Mou

Translated by Clarissa Botsford

Héloïse Press

Trade Paperback


ISBN: 9781739751500


Publication date: 17 May 2022

Rights: Translation



TLS Books of the Year 2022. On this day, 25 years ago, Maria killed her sister. Today, she does not find the keys to enter her apartment, nor the courage to leave it all behind. Her boyfriend Nicola is waiting upstairs, her mother has come for dinner. In a state of free fall, haunted by her past, sidestepping her present, and stalked by a future she is reluctant to meet, Maria will face the big question.

Erica Mou

Erica Mou (Apulia, 1990) studied Literature, Publishing and Journalism at the University of Bari. She is an Italian singer-songwriter with numerous international awards. Thirsty Sea is her debut novel. Erica wrote this book in the kitchen of her rented accommodation in London.

Translated by Clarissa Botsford, who grew up in the UK and holds degrees in Modern Languages and Comparative Education. Clarissa has translated numerous authors from Italian, including Elvira Dones, Viola Ardone, Alessandro Baricco, Concita De Gregorio, Sacha Naspini and Lia Levi. She lives in Rome.

 Author portrait © Luca Bellumore