Author(s): Natasa Dragnic
Hearts thump, heads swoon and breath stops in this timeless yet modern love story of Dora and Luka: two unforgettable soul mates, destined to be together and yet pulled apart by fate.
Dora and Luka are inseparable: ever since he fainted at the sight of her - walking into the classroom with her new schoolbag - and she woke him with a chaste kiss, it has been love at first sight.
'There's something in the air when the two of them are together. You can't call it calm, you can't call it storm.'
Theirs is a friendship made of chocolate and mandarin orange, of shape-shifting clouds and coloured canvases and, as Dora's family leave Croatia for Paris, of farewells and memories.
It is not until years later, when a promising artist faints at the familiar sight of a young actress entering a Parisian gallery on his opening night, that Luka and Dora are reunited. But just as chance brings them together, fateful choices and forces bigger than themselves conspire to keep the couple apart. Will they ever truly be able to find or forget one another?
Bursting with drama and ardour, at turns heartbreaking and exhilarating, and told with the same overwhelming intensity as the bond it describes, this is a dazzling tour de force of a very special love affair.
Nata'a Dragnic was born in Split, Croatia in 1965. Every Day, Every Hour is her first novel, an international bestseller which has been sold in over 25 countries.
Liesl Schillinger (translator) grew up in American midwestern college towns, where she learned French and German as a child, and spent summers in Europe. After Yale, where she studied comparative literature and learned Russian and Italian, she joined the editorial staff of The New Yorker for more than a decade, punctuated by a sabbatical in Moscow. She has been a freelance writer for two decades, publishing criticism, essays, features and other work in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republicand other publications in the US and abroad.