Her father is Italian, her mother Dutch, Caterina grows up in Milan. When she's ten years old, her mother dies and she is sent to live with her grandmother in the Netherlands. But her grandmother can't get over her daughters death, drinking more every day, eventually losing custody. Caterina travels then through a series or foster homes. 
All alone in this new world, Caterina tries to hold on to her sense of self, and helped by her new Dutch friends, finds courage and joy, and a way to deal with the sadness that her father and grandmother can't manage to shake off. 
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What they're saying:

'Every character is sparkles with life. Especially the realistic description of a group of high school students leaves a big impression.' -Trouw

'Big time jumps and a cast of ever changing characters make Nimf a page turner.' -De Volkskrant

'This book is an easy read, I finished in three days. The main character touched me, I could feel what she was going through. Delving deeper into the significance of the chapter names, I discovered a whole new layer in the story.' -The Women's library.

'In her debut novel Nimf, Italian-Dutch writer Simona Moroni shows great empathy and her dry sense of humor. With an attention to detail, she places the flaming temperament of her native Italy and the cold Calvinism of her new homeland of the Netherlands against each other.' -Literair Nederland


Stefania has enough of the Netherlands. She takes the plane, with her Fender guitar and a crush on a Roman guy. What can go wrong, in Rome the light is always a clear Maria blue. Soon, Stefania meets two other expats who become her friends; the Norwegian Mette who wants to become the next Karen Blixen and the slightly unhinged Joplin who wanted to become a nun. With humor a breathless style we follow three girls in the early nineties who want to live an adventurous in a country that struggle sot wash away its sins. Buy it here.

What they're saying:

After her celebrated debut novel Nimf, Medusa Blues seems to be a sequel, a kind of second part in 'La meglio giovent├╣'. Moroni, manages immerse the reader in the extravagant Rome. This novel does not only capture the magic of Rome but is also about music (Blues): countless references to and all sorts of facts about known and less well-known musicians and songs; descriptions and moods in musical events; the Fender guitar she has received from her father and the combination in her guitar which eventually is the code for opening a suitcase that left her father as an inheritance. The musicality is felt in it's style.' -Literair Nederland

'The book makes you feel you are in Rome yourself.' -Italy Magazine

'Medusa Blues has the light touch of Bridget Jones and the depth of a real novel. A great combination.'