Author Peter Chiarella has drawn from from his family heritage creating a compelling turn-of-the-century tale wrapped around real life stories from his maternal side of the family. His great aunt Caterina is the primary character in this story surrounded by a cast of other ancestral family members. This is the follow up book to Peter’s previous book, told from his paternal side of the family, Calabrian Tales.
Brilliantly written – a story for hopeless romantics and for those who believe that the power of perseverance and love will ultimately overcome tragedy and hardships.
Out of Calabria follows the story of how two daughters from a privileged family ultimately follow their hearts rather then a traditional arranged marriage to men of their similar social class. One daughter marries a field worker and the other moves in with a man of modest means who quickly becomes shunned by the village.
Losing all financial support from their families, and in search for a better life, the central characters immigrate to the United States. However, they soon discover their dreams of improving their lives financially are dashed by the harsh realities facing new immigrants who arrive with little money or skills.
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