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"this memoir had a feeling of comfort and welcome similar to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and the memoir trilogy by Frank McCourt. This memoir could easily be assigned to students in a middle school or high school Social Studies class"


A young girl, born the oldest daughter in a multi-generational Italian immigrant family, copes with the duties of life and her desire to be faithful to the ideals of her family’s heritage.  Formed by old world values from an early age, she struggles to find herself as she grows older and must enter the wider world of modern America while preserving who she is.

“the conversational tone and style of the memoir immediately engaged me from the first page”


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