When an old woman is asked to tell the story of her life, she tells an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving a warring suburban family during the 1950s and '60s.
Written as a memoir, each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia's life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and her family. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.
Told in breathtakingly beautiful prose, this is a powerful and timeless story of a dying woman's courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it.
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Sue Ann Brooks
A young woman writing her dissertation seeks out Lucia Grandi, an elderly woman in a nursing home, to tell her story. The magic of words for the reader to feel the emotions and experience the atmosphere of the character is awesome. While reading the book, you feel like you are there with her through it all. You feel like you are experiencing all that she suffered through in her childhood. The story takes you over some amazing situations which the characters experience and events in history with an interesting insight. It is a long book – but it keeps your attention throughout. I found that it was hard to put the book down at the end of an evening – and I would want to keep reading more and more. A talented writer that I look forward to reading more from.
I received this copy in exchange for an honest review..