All This Talk of Love: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out.

But Prima was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire...

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All This Talk of Love: A Novel

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Overview

It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out.

But Prima was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey.
All This Talk of Love is an incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love, myth and memory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616201906
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 223,785
  • File size: 698 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher Castellani
Christopher Castellani has published two previous novels with Algonquin—A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the Massachusetts Books Award for Fiction; and The Saint of Lost Things. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, the Boston-based non-profit creative writing center. Author website: www.christopher castellani.com

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In our interview with Castellani, he shared some fun facts about himself and his favorite interests:

"It's no secret that my parents -- who are Italian immigrants -- are the inspiration for virtually all of my work. They not only taught me the power of stories, but also the importance of preserving them."

"My first job was as a caddy at a swanky country club. My dad used to drop me off at 7:00 a.m. every morning, and I'd wait in the caddyshack, praying no one would pick me. (I was an eleven-year-old too scrawny to carry the bag for 18 holes, and I knew nothing about golf). If no one picked me by 8:00 a.m., I'd hit the vending machines in the clubhouse, sit under a pine tree near the 3rd tee, read Agatha Christie mysteries, and eat candy until my dad picked me up at noon. I made no money, but it was probably my happiest summer."

"As is true of most writers I know, my life is quite ordinary. I write most mornings from 8:00-12:00, work two or three other jobs in the afternoon to make money, hope someone invites me out to dinner (there's very little I wouldn't do for a free meal; it doesn't even have to be a nice restaurant), then spend the evening writing email, reading or watching old sitcoms or the Game Show network. Ah, the glamour!"

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    1. Hometown:
      Arlington, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 7, 1972
    2. Place of Birth:
      Wilmington, Delaware
    1. Education:
      B.A., Swarthmore College, 1994; M.A./A.B.D., Tufts University, 1998; M.A., Boston University, 1999

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