The Eight Mountains

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*Winner of the 2017 Strega Prize, the Strega Giovani Prize and the Prix Médicis étranger*

Pietro, a lonely city boy, spends his childhood summers in a secluded valley in the Alps. Bruno, the cowherd son of a local stonemason, knows the mountains intimately. Together they spend many summers exploring the mountains´ meadows and peaks, discovering the similarities and differences in their lives. As time passes, the two boys come to find the true meaning of friendship and camaraderie even as their paths diverge, Bruno’s in the mountains and Pietro’s in cities across the globe.

A modern Italian masterpiece, The Eight Mountains is a lyrical coming-of-age story spanning three decades; a novel about the power of male friendships and a meditation on loyalty, being in nature, and finding one´s place in the world.

About the Author

Paolo Cognetti is an Italian writer, novelist and editor from Milan. The Eight Mountains has spent 11 months in the Italian bestseller lists since publication, and is the first-ever winner of both Strega Prizes: the Premio Strega and the Premio Strega Giovani. He divides his time between New York City and his cabin 2,000 feet up in the Italian Alps.
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