Giuseppe Gracia on his new novel “Glorias Finale”

Gloria grows up in a broken family. The father is Italian, works in construction. The mother is from Spain, she works night shifts in a factory. Family life is shaped by the arguments between the parents – and the blows from the father. The young girl’s only refuge is her older friend Chantal.

She lives, abandoned by her father, with her depressed and drug-dependent mother also in the small Swiss town of Rorschach. Chantal takes care of Gloria, stands in the way of her violent father. They spend their days together at the lake or in the Sixty Nine pub. This is where Chantal’s friend Mauro and his motorcycle club hang out.