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Swimming in the Moon: A Novel

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Lucia is a youn

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Lucia is a young girl living in Naples and through an interesting incident must move to America to start a new life.  With her mother they end up through a family connection in Cleveland, OH and must start from scratch to build a life.  Unfortunately, there are issues and speed bumps around every turn and Lucia ends up growing up real fast and is quite an adult at a young age.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    An Incredible Book!! This story has so many layers, in-depth cha

    An Incredible Book!! This story has so many layers, in-depth characters, and the storyline unfolds in a way that really makes the reader connected to each character. Teresa is a single mother, with her dreams of becoming a famous singer, but stifled as a servant. Teresa is such a fascinating, yet sad character, plagued with mental illness that impacts her role as worker and mother. Lucia is a young girl, with an old soul, who takes on the responsibility of taking care of her mother.

    As their journey takes them to America, Pamela brings such a raw and open view to the struggle immigrants faced, the challenges of learning a foreign language, and assimilating into a culture that isn’t very accepting of foreigners. Told in such vivid detail, the scenes are quite dynamic and the reader will identify with different parts of the story, regardless of his/her own family history.

    Pamela covers so many topics: mental illness, single motherhood, women’s rights, immigration issues, abuse, worker’s rights, women’s rights, and self-empowerment. There were many times that I simply had to put the book down and cry. While the book is fiction, there were some incidents that truly did happen, and it simply took my breath away.

    If readers have read Pamela’s first book, When We Were Strangers, they will love that Lula has a role in this book!! Lula is the “wise woman” in the book and is a mother figure for Lucia. While the book doesn’t cover racism in the way Americans know it to be (black vs. white), it was quite interesting to read about the way immigrants from different countries viewed each other, and the lack of trust they had for one another based on what they heard in their communities. The stereotypes and ignorance truly impacted relationships and kept people from uniting, until they had a similar cause: worker’s rights, later-women’s rights.

    While the book covers many issues, the story doesn’t get bogged down with too much information, nor does it dilute the relationships developed between characters. Told through Lucia’s point of view, it is quite interesting to see that as she grows, the decisions she makes reflect her maturity. In the beginning, she simply wants safety and to be with her mother. As she grows up, she begins to realize her own dreams and works towards accomplishing those. Then, as an adult, she realizes her dreams are bigger and aren’t just about herself.

    This is simply an exceptional story, and the discussions would be endless in a classroom setting, book club, between friends over coffee, or even amongst friends online!! It’s a book that will leave you wanting to know more about Lucia and her relationships with her friends and family, the plight for women’s/worker’s rights, and the way mental illness evolves over time. I highly recommend this book and could definitely see a sequel becoming a success…and maybe, even a movie!!

    There is so much to discover in this book, that I know you will be inspired and motivated through Lucia’s journey!-BooksintheBurbs

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    In the past, historical fiction hasn't been a genre I actively s

    In the past, historical fiction hasn't been a genre I actively seek out. Swimming in the Moon is exactly the kind of novel that is changing that for me. History is told as a natural part of the story thanks to vivid settings and interesting, relatable characters.

    This novel is chock full of topics: an immigrant story, coming of age, poverty, women's rights, the way mental illness was treated at the turn of the 20th century, labor unions and workers rights. I read Swimming in the Moon over Labor Day weekend, not knowing that a huge chunk of the story would focus on the struggle for worker's rights. Its insights and the empathy fostered by the story gave me a new appreciation for the holiday.

    I loved the writing in the beginning of the book, during Lucia and Teresa's time in Naples. The prose was just lovely, the kind of writing that catches your breath. Once Lucia and Teresa came to America, though, it started to read more like a young adult novel. I'm not sure if this was due to the first person narrative, or because the book covered so much that it couldn't help but hurry along. This wasn't necessarily a bad shift; it certainly made for a page turner! But I kind of missed the slower-paced beauty of those opening chapters.

    Swimming in the Moon is rich, its scope ambitious. I connected with the characters and loved learning more about life in the very early 1900's. This is a great choice for reading groups - there is much that encourages further discussion.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    SWIMMING IN THE MOON by Pamela Schoenewaldt is an interesting Hi

    SWIMMING IN THE MOON by Pamela Schoenewaldt is an interesting Historical Fiction set in 1905 Italy and Cleveland,Ohio. What an interesting story on immigrant life in the 1900's. Young Lucia,and her mother must flee the Bay of Naples,in Italy, where they end up in Cleveland,Ohio. Lucia's mother, Teresa, has a beautiful voice but she also has demons. Teresa becomes the Naples Nightingale and works on the Vandeville circuit. While young Lucia is clever,hardworking,and struggles to fit into her new life in America....but she is not alone in her struggles. "Swimming In The Moon" is a beautifully written story that is the greatest of stories, the love between a mother and daughter. With her attention to details, her vivid descriptions and characters who are alive with passion,you can not go wrong by reading "Swimming In The Moon". Fast paced story of the struggles of immigrants and the life they wish to create in the new America. A powerful and compelling story!! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: Mild

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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