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The author grew up in New York State in a large Italian-American community where Italian customs and traditions were celebrated with enthusiasm. Inspired by her Italian immigrant grandparents she became interested in genealogy research as it relates to the millions of Italians who came to the U.S. during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Her ancestors, their life in Italy, the prejudices they endured, and the challenges they faced both in Italy and in America are the backdrop for much of her writing.
on March 10, 2013 :
Great short story. Can't wait for next chapter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 18, 2013 :
I loved this book and its details of the story of Ignazia, a courageous Italian mother/wife putting the welfare of herself and her children on the line for the hopes of a brighter future for generations to come. It was written with much thought to detail and imagery, and will will leave you, like me, anticipating the next chapter!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
C. Knettel Wolf
on Feb. 13, 2013 :
A deeply moving short story that takes the reader on the courageous emotional and physical journey of a young Italian woman, with her young children in tow, as she follows the love of her life to the United States. The characters are so alive. They pulled at my heart. The imagery of the countryside and locals took me back in time to a simpler but often more brutal side of life not often written about in such personal stories. I can't wait for the next book to follow Ignazia and her family. Beautifully written.
(reviewed the day of purchase)