Born in Genoa to Sardinian parents, Milena Agus (1959) lives and works in Cagliari. The reviewers call her “the Sardinian fairy”. The “House in Via Manno” (published in Italy as “Mal di pietre”, 2006), her second novel, won three Italian literary awards, and has been a bestseller in Italy, France, and Germany. In December 2008, Milena Agus was awarded the prestigous Zerilli-Marimò prize in New York. A film adaptation of the novel is in production.