'EXTRAORDINARY' Domenico Starnone, National Book Award Finalist author of Ties and Trick Since childhood, Marco Carrera, who had a growth disorder as a child, has been called 'the hummingbird'. But in a sense Marco is really a hummingbird: he lives a dramatic life, full of joys, love, hope, laughter and heartbreak, but as also remains in perfect balance. His frantic movements enable him to survive the existential acrobatics of life - just like a hummingbird, which makes twelve to eighty wing beats per second, but remains suspended in the air, seemingly motionless. In The Hummingbird we breathlessly follow the life of Marco Carrera, a hero for our times. A beautiful novel about pain and the agonizing power of life.