Tempting Faith Dinapoli

Tempting Faith Dinapoli

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by Lisa Gabriele, Ellen R. Sasahara
     
 

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At heart, Faith DiNapoli is a good Catholic girl. She's memorized all the prayers and hymns. She daydreams about her First Communion. She's pretty sure Jesus loves her. But she's angry. Angry with her father for leaving, her mother for never going anywhere, and her dysfunctional siblings — just because they're around. And though she knows the Bible says the

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At heart, Faith DiNapoli is a good Catholic girl. She's memorized all the prayers and hymns. She daydreams about her First Communion. She's pretty sure Jesus loves her. But she's angry. Angry with her father for leaving, her mother for never going anywhere, and her dysfunctional siblings — just because they're around. And though she knows the Bible says the meek are blessed, Faith can't help but covet beautiful things and try to obtain them in any way possible. So Faith lies, cheats, and steals. In fact, she breaks almost every one of the Commandments, mostly by accident. At the same time, she grapples with the girl she thinks she should be, the family she's supposed to be a part of, and the imaginary life she may never live.

In Tempting Faith DiNapoli, Faith does more than grow from innocent eight to headstrong eighteen. Faith struggles with her new bad habits, fends off bad boys who want more than she should give, and contemplates a future that looks worse than her mother's past and present.

The DiNapolis are mismatched, broke, and dysfunctional, but they fight with and love one another with equal parts ferocity and devotion, laughter and tears. All the while, Faith prays for a happy ending. Or at least for something not too, too bad.

One part Beverly Donofrio, one part Frank McCourt, Tempting Faith DiNapoli is a charming, fresh, bighearted debut.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Faith DiNapoli is the well-meaning eldest daughter of a dysfunctional Italian family living in 1970s Canada. With an absent father, three rambunctious siblings, and a mother who's trying to make the best of the life she's got instead of focusing on the life she wanted, young Faith takes it upon herself to assume religious responsibility and tries to be "good enough" to make up for the flaws of her whole family. She struggles between the person she is and the perfect one she wants to be, and it ultimately takes a test of faith for her to find self-acceptance and her place in the world. Gabriele, a Canadian Lifesize TV executive producer whose work has been published in the Washington Post and Nerve magazine, has written a poignant, memoir-style debut novel that is emotionally intense and ultimately satisfying. Recommended for public libraries. Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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A bright and genial debut about a girl's awkward coming-of-age in 1980s Canada. Faith DiNapoli's mother always knew she would have four children, though she had thought they'd all be boys and she'd name them after the four evangelists. But Faith, her second child, upset those plans, and the DiNapoli brood turned out to be split down the middle by gender: Matthew, Faith, Hope, and Charlie. Faith's father Joe emigrated from Italy as a young man but never really mastered English and kept the customs of the old country. Faith's mother, Nancy, came from an Italian family, too, but (as she was always quick to point out) not one as "ethnic" as her husband's. Joe DiNapoli was a construction worker whose work often took him away from home for long periods. Despite that, the DiPalma home was happy, and Faith had no bad memories of her early childhood. From about the age of seven, however, a cloud descends upon her world. On the day of her First Communion, her mother becomes violently sick in the car-which turns out to be more than a bad omen. Nancy disappears into the hospital for treatment of her mysterious "flu," and once she comes home, she refuses to set foot in church again-or to speak to the parish priest, who seems eager indeed to have a word with her. Neighbors gossip, Faith's father goes on about some "sin," and eventually the entire family moves from Windsor to the little backwoods town of Emeryville, where life goes on more happily-until Faith discovers her mother's journal and eventually learns the secret that her mother has long concealed. Told across a period of many years, Nancy's confession becomes one more step in Faith's entry into the adult world. Good-natured, witty, told withan agreeably light touch: a story that enchants with its own simplicity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743225229
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
06/25/2002
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Gabriele is a television producer, cinematographer, and writer. Her work has appeared on the CBC, the History Channel and the Life Network. Her writing has appeared in Vice Magazine and The Washington Post, among other publications, and she is a frequent contributor to Nerve magazine. Gabriele lives in Toronto's Little Italy.

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