Rosanna Chiofalo: Stella Mia

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Julia doesn t remember much of her Italian mother since she left when she was very young nd Jul ia was brought up by her father nd Aunt Julia discovers trunk in the basement of her father s home Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films and finds diary nd clothing that belonged to her mother As Julie begins to read the diary her mother s life unfolds nd she has n mazing story to tell Julie discovers her mother is still Easy alivend she decides to go to Sicily Morrissey y los atormentados and confront her past Enjoyable read Setting is in Italynd New York which makes for pleasant reading Stella Mia is novel bout love gypsies Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe and looking for home Interview with the Vampire and the beautiful beaches of Italy But mostly it s hauntingly beautiful tale Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical about mothersnd daughters Julia finds her mother s diary nd because her mother left when she was young it s treasure to Julia The book opens with Julia s story but really pulls you in during the flashback to Julia s mother s life The flashback is the bulk of the story We find out Stella Mia is The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table a novel writtens memoirs All in the present tense the past nd the distant past. Rosanna Chiofalo's poignant beautifully written novel evokes the stunning scenery of Sicily nd the Aeolian Islands nd tells of mothers Ravished by a Duke and daughters lovend sacrifice Damn Delicious Meal Prep and the choices that resoundcross continents nd through generations Julia Parlatone doesn't have much to remember her Italian mother by A grapevine that Sarina planted still flourishes in the backyard of Julia's childhood home in Astoria ueens And there's song Stella Mia sh.

Events recounted in the book enjoy eual immediacy A grown US American daughter tells her version of the events surrounding the departure of her Italian mother back to Italy When she discovers her mother s diary the daughter nd the reader discover the mother s version of eventsAstoria New York s first second nd third generation Italian Americans make up many of the characters in this story The other characters Deep Lane: Poems are Siciliannd Calabrian The events recounted occur in America Komisario Nuusku ja makkaratehtaan arvoitus and in Italy in the near pastnd in the distant past This is so called women s fiction which I think is rather insulting category name So I will describe this in traditional terms family dramaThe mother s childhood in Italy is n excruciating story to read Physical nd psychological Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry abuse takes toll on the woman not just in the past but throughout her whole life It is relief to read of the happiness she finds here nd there in her life But the overall feeling is that she is doomed from the start to suffer The story takes on the feel of The Online Diary of a Masochistic Submissive a family saga when the story of. E recalls her mother singing my star my star youre the most beautiful star until the day she left three year old Julia behind nd returned to Italy for good Now happily married school teacher Julia tries not to dwell on Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution a past she can't change or on mother who chose to leave But in n old trunk in the family basement she discovers items that belonged to her mother song book Tarot cards Sicilian folk costume nd diary Sarina writes un.

The past takes over The visits to Astoria New York with the grown daughter re fleeting I think I enjoyed the last part of the story the best when the grown daughter meets her ged mother in Sicily nd learns the rest of the story directly from her mother There is of course My Lady Viper a heartwarming endingI m bit older than the 42 year old protagonist Julia but I still think she is Sunflower a childish woman Her reactions to what she learnsbout her mother feel like the reactions of child not grown woman Perhaps that is the case these days the perpetual Periyar: A Political Biography of E.V. Ramasamy adolescents of America I like to think that her experience in this book will make her real grown womanThere re recipes t the end of the book Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home and uestion Answer section with the uthor Reading clubs re provided uestions to ccompany Stella Mia The reader is told bout the uthor s other books nd we learn that some of the characters in Stella Mia ppear in the other books I received the book from NetGalleyPlease visit my full nd illustrated review t Italophile Book Reviewshttpitalophilebookreviewsblogspo. Flinchingly of her harsh childhood nd of first passionate love ffair; of blissful months spent living in the enchanting coastal resort town of Taormina Commit!: Unlock Your Full Potential and Learn to Lead Yourself and the unspoiled Aeolian Islands north of Sicilys well s the reasons she came to New York By the diary's end Julia knows she must track down her mother in Italy nd piece together the rest of the complex bittersweet truth journey that for better or worse will change her own life forever.

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Rosanna Chiofalo is a first generation Italian American whose parents emigrated from Sicily to New York in the early 1960s She is the author of Bella Fortuna Carissima Stella Mia Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop and the novella Seven Days of Christmas which appears in the WHEN THE SNOW FALLS collection She lives with her husband in New York City Visit RosannaChiofalocom