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An Italian wife

by Hood, Ann, 1956-

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks CD Hood
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Call Number  CD Hood
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Audio Books CD HOOD Ann
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Call Number  CD HOOD Ann
Sewickley Public Library AV - Audiobooks CD F HOO
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  AV - Audiobooks
Call Number  CD F HOO
Whitehall Public Library AudioBook Collection ABOCD Hood
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  AudioBook Collection
Call Number  ABOCD Hood

From the bestselling author of The Obituary Writer comes the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian family.

An Italian Wife opens in turn-of-the-century Italy, when young Josephine Rimaldi is forced to follow her new husband to America in an arranged marriage and finds herself in a strange country with a man she doesn't know or love.

Bound by tradition, she gives birth to seven children; the last, conceived in a passionate affair, Josephine must give up for adoption. Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for this child, keeping her secret even as her other children, whose stories unfold in surprising ways, go off to war, get married, and make their own mistakes: Her son suffers in World War I. Her daughter struggles to assimilate in the new world of the 1950s American suburbs. And her granddaughters experiment with the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 1970s.

Poignant, sensual, and deeply felt, An Italian Wife is a sweeping and evocative portrait of a family bound by love and heartbreak.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hood (The Obituary Writer, 2013) guides us through the complicated lives of a multigenerational Italian-American family. Teenage bride Josephine is brought to America at the start of the twentieth century by her affectionless husband, and her many offspring including one daughter, the result of an affair, whom she gave up populate the novel. Hood's women and girls are often hampered by religion or marriage, and, although it's sometimes difficult to keep track, readers will take pleasure in spending time with each one, thanks to Hood's expert storytelling. Sisters with crushes on priests, brothers fresh from war, hopeful teenage girls running away or falling in love are all forged with humor and originality, their individual stories woven together by Hood's meticulously rendered setting the Italian enclaves of Rhode Island, with their backyard gardens and cousins perched on stoops. Each generation seems to resist the traditions of the preceding one, until the tender relationship between Josephine and a great-grandson a wonderful pairing reveals that a love and respect of what (and who) came before often prevails.--Tully, Annie Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hood (The Obituary Writer) crafts a stark tale of loss and longing with story of one woman's life in Italy and America. Wed at 15 to an ambitious landowner 11 years her senior, Josephine Rimaldi emigrates to Rhode Island. Trapped in a loveless marriage, she takes comfort in what's most familiar: too many children, iron-clad tradition, and a demanding church. The only passion Josephine finds is an affair that ends with an infant daughter given up for adoption, a loss that haunts both her and her lover. With heartbreaking regularity, each succeeding generation yearns for a better life but surrenders to disappointment: Josephine's son Carmine, whose stint in WWII leaves him shell-shocked and adrift; widowed granddaughter Francie, who's shunned by suburban wives and wooed by their husbands; the granddaughter that Josephine never knew, love-starved Penny, whose relationship with her mother, Martha, falls victim to an obsessive search for Josephine; and dreamer great-granddaughter Aida, who runs away from her family to a vague, unsettled future. On her 100th birthday, Josephine does not embrace the children and life she nurtured, but the "things we did not have, the love that broke our hearts, the child we lost." (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Italian Americans -- Fiction.
Italian American families -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher [Ashland, Oregon] :2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Campbell, Cassandra, narrator.
Blackstone Audio, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Cassandra Campbell.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 7 audio discs (9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781483021652 (library ed.)
1483021653 (library ed.)
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