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The Crossing
     

The Crossing

by Sandra Petro Hart
 

It's 1897 and Ignazia Traina, a Sicilian peasant woman, is left behind in Palermo when her husband and son leave for America. This is the story of her journey to reunite her family. Ignazia's daughter, Lena, tells her mother's story to her own inquisitive daughter...

Mamma didn’t want to talk about it…She had a bad temper, and if she didn’t

Overview

It's 1897 and Ignazia Traina, a Sicilian peasant woman, is left behind in Palermo when her husband and son leave for America. This is the story of her journey to reunite her family. Ignazia's daughter, Lena, tells her mother's story to her own inquisitive daughter...

Mamma didn’t want to talk about it…She had a bad temper, and if she didn’t want to, well, she didn’t. I asked her about Italy and coming to America, and she put me off by saying, "MaryGrace, that was a different life. It’s not important. Leave it alone." Then, she changed the subject. For a long time, I was afraid to bring it up again.

Many years later, at Grandpa Joe’s funeral, something made Mamma tell me the story. As it turned out, when I least expected it, she proved to be my window into the past. So, while we sat in Grandpa Joe's small apartment surrounded by steaming dishes of pasta and a steady flow of family and friends coming to pay their respects, Mamma talked about Palermo. Normally, her voice was an assault to the ear, but for once she spoke quietly as though divulging a great secret. She talked about Grandpa Joe, Grandma Agnes, and all her brothers and sisters, making the past come alive with emotion.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044311978
Publisher:
Sandra Petro Hart
Publication date:
02/08/2013
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
141 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

The author grew up in New York State in a large Italian-American community where Italian customs and traditions were celebrated with enthusiasm. Inspired by her Italian immigrant grandparents she became interested in genealogy research as it relates to the millions of Italians who came to the U.S. during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Her ancestors, their life in Italy, the prejudices they endured, and the challenges they faced both in Italy and in America are the backdrop for much of her writing.

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