Melissa is a successful writer in Rome, living with her new lover, Thomas. But as soon as she meets Viola, a young woman from Thomas' past, sexual passion and insecurity grow in tandem, and Melissa is consumed with jealousy. This story delves deep into the disturbing, yet strangely familiar mind of a teenage girl terrorized by love.
Born in 1985 into a middle class family, Melissa Panarello grew up in Aci Castello near Catania in Sicily. Since 2000, she kept a diary which became One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed. A great admirer of Almudena Grandes and AnaÑ—s Nin, Melissa P has always been a keen reader. She is currently studying at the University of Sapienza at Rome and finishing a collection of short stories.