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Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing
     

Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing

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by Marianna Randazzo
 

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In Sicily, 1935 a four-year child walks away from her loving family, her mother, her sister and an infant brother, with a great-aunt for a vacation. She spends the next eight years of her life absent from their lives. It was not an abduction nor was it an adoption. Tina lives in a one-room house in one of the poorest regions of Sicily. She sleeps between a loving aunt

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In Sicily, 1935 a four-year child walks away from her loving family, her mother, her sister and an infant brother, with a great-aunt for a vacation. She spends the next eight years of her life absent from their lives. It was not an abduction nor was it an adoption. Tina lives in a one-room house in one of the poorest regions of Sicily. She sleeps between a loving aunt and a deranged uncle. She shares her breakfast with goats and chickens while living in the shadow of fascism. The child grows up while WW II ravages the town. Her school is taken over by German soldiers and the things like bread and eggs that were once plentiful, no longer exist. Less than 25 kilometers away her family leads a very different life. After eight years, she returns home to find her childhood interrupted again. This time sickness, warfare and destruction are her enemies. In wartime Europe, childhood does not exist. The child witnesses and experiences many disturbing things from her uncouth, unsanitary living conditions to the failed paratroopers dangling from trees during the allied invasion.
Tina is a survivor. She is able to forgive those who took so much away from her. Her spirit trumps over adversity during the war times within and around her. As she grows older, she struggles to keep the harsh realities of World War II and abandonment at a distance through her sense of humor, imagination and determination.
By the age of 15, her fate is sealed, again, without her permission. To gain passage to America she must accept the role as a war bride. A tyrannical, overbearing, bootlegging aunt in America arranges the match. Tina must live under her roof and her rules until her citizenship is secure.
Tina has earned the right to complain, yet at no point does she play the victim. At times, her nonjudgmental stance is disquieting. Despite circumstances that could be categorized as abusive and undeniably negligent. Tina respects her parent's decisions and sacrifices herself for the greater good-even when it is not apparent to her.
Despite a raging war, Tina thinks about her family and her friends more than about the horrors of the battle fought across the continents, even when she is a victim of the German soldiers' mockery and the American soldier's unusual ways. She is remarkably clever and insightful. The plot and setting are true to life in the period of the past. It will bring the history of war torn Europe to life, providing us a lens upon our collective past that define our unique lives.
Tina triumphs against all odds with an unconditional love for a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fortitude to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Given Away,A Sicilian Upbringing, demonstrates that even in the midst of the most horrendous conditions of war, without trivializing the historical tragedy, perseverance prevails as Tina declares what is rightfully hers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492859246
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/02/2013
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
815,041
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Meet the Author

Marianna Randazzo is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is the proud daughter of Sicilian parents and wears her Italian heritage as a badge of honor. She is recognized as an experienced educator; having taught students and teachers for over 35 years in New York City. She is currently the Director of School Programs at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, in Staten Island, NY and the writer of "Life is Grand" column, in Staten Island Parent Magazine.
In addition to her countless years of public service, She is a Ceremonial Officer for the Sons of Italy, Fr. Capodanno Lodge.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York and currently living in Staten Island, she is a great follower and lover of Italian traditions and culture. Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing, is her first novel. It is inspired by true events. She is currently working on a second book: Brooklyn's Best: The Michael Behette Story.

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Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Left me yawning in a few places. It was interesting in certain places like the parts about the war and such but that's about it. Nothing truly special about this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A captivating story of a real life experience.  This book really describes what life must have been like in WWII Sicily. It brings to life the struggles of a family who who have to deal with challenging family relationships and a changing world at war.   A great historical record as well a a wonderful story that is now written for future generations. Truly a great read!  
Bibo More than 1 year ago
Amazing story  of an amazing woman!
Fancie1 More than 1 year ago
This book helped me understand where my husband came from and how his family evolved over the  last 100 years.  Your book helped me understand the strength and courage of those Italians that immigrated to this country.  My mother in law, one of eight children growing up in Newark, NJ,   is a a well educated "tough cookie" and I think I now know why.  This book is a true gem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marianna Randazzo does a fantastic job telling the compelling story of Tina and her family. I learned so much about Sicily during WW 11. The plot grabbed my heartstrings and didn't let go until the very last sentence!  This is a wonderfully written first novel. I am a reader who is waiting for more from Marianna Randazzo!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Randazzo captures the paradox of life through a child's eyes in a war-torn time. Her depiction of Tina's story begins in Sicily with her mother's unexplained decision that would plague the four-year old for many years. At an age when children did what was expected of them without question, Tina obediently walked off with her mother's aunt to spend a "vacation in the country."  Little Tina's story is told with honesty and candor, providing many insights into the lifestyle of some of the poorest and most helpless casualties of World War II." --Gerri Marino Friscia, Editor, Staten Island Parent Magazine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually read spy novels and Lee Child type books.  I read this one because my parents used to tell me similar stories growing up during the war in Sicily.  This book shows the human sid e..  About a little girl sent on vaction with her aunt and not to return for 8 yrs.  During this tie war breaks out and the Germans occupy Sicily.  A fast and good read.  Thanks Marianna for a heart felt story.