Italy, the 2000s. What does it take to be happy? Not a man, like disillusioned nineteen-year-old Leda Balni was raised to believe…
Strong-headed, sarcastic Leda enrolls into a Biotech major. A crush on a sexy genius makes her forget her restlessness but not for long. Can you apply the scientific method to happiness? Figure out what it is and how to get it?
In a whirlwind of Vespa adventures, college exams, rock, philosophy, science, and chemistry—both the inorganic and the sizzling kind—Leda deconstructs happiness and establishes her own rules to the game of life. Finally happy on her own, could she jeopardize it all for love?
Landscapes from Florence, Milan, Padua, and Garda Lake add to the enchanting narration. If you love strong female characters and heartfelt advice, don’t miss this witty, introspective novel, part romance, part self-help, but always realistic and inspiring women of all ages to be their brave true selves.
** “Finding Leda” is the first book in “The Sonder Series”. It is self-standing and directed at an adult audience, though suitable for teens, but there are references to Leda’s previous adventures narrated in “The Italian Saga”, a 4-novel YA series about Leda’s childhood. **
** The books are a fictionalized memoir based on the life of author GB Amman, a novelist and molecular biologist born and raised in Italy. The science in the book is explained in lay terms but accurate.**
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Gaia B. Amman was born and raised in Italy. She moved to the United States in her twenties to pursue her Ph.D. in molecular biology. She’s currently a professor of biology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted “the professor of the month” by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious, international, peer-reviewed journals, including Nature.
A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler, and many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing and her teaching. She authored the Indie Author Guide, the LGBTQ sci-fi fantasy Linked—Will Empathy Save the United Terrestrial Democracy?, The Italian Saga, a series of four novels that follows Leda’s adventures from childhood through the end of high school, and the Sonder Series, of which you just read volume one. The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love, and self discovery.
Among Amman’s favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupèry.