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An Italian wife

by Hood, Ann, 1956-

Format: Large Print 2014
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The extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi spans more than seven decades, beginning in turn-of-the-century Italy, when at fourteen she is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America. Bound by tradition, Josephine gives birth to seven children. The last, Valentina, is conceived in passion, born in secret, and given up for adoption. And Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for her lost child.
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
Series Thorndike Press large print core series.
Subjects Italian Americans -- Fiction.
Italian American families -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich. :2014
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description 375 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781410474308 (hardback)
1410474305 (hardcover)
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