Young Lawrence is convinced that our galaxy is slowly but steadily being drawn into a black hole. It is understandable why he might fixate on this, as it closely parallels his daily struggle to keep his own small family from the darkness that threatens. When We Were Romans is the tale of a mother’s decision to move her son and daughter to Rome to escape her fears and find a fresh start. Reminiscent of Christopher’s narrative in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, prizewinning author Matthew Kneale engages nine-year-old Lawrence to describe his adventures entirely within his own perceptions. By turns charming and tragic, When We Were Romans creates an empathy that will bring both smiles and heartbreak.