This sequel and partial parallel to CHICAGO'S HEADMISTRESS stands alone as an Italian/American saga. Follow the Americanization of the Baggio family through sixty years of romance, deception, crime, and redemption. From immigrant bootleggers and coalminers to proud winemakers and ambitious priests, only a few family members will encounter the chameleon-like Black Angel who shows up when least expected to offer advice or merely observe. After ...
This sequel and partial parallel to CHICAGO'S HEADMISTRESS stands alone as an Italian/American saga. Follow the Americanization of the Baggio family through sixty years of romance, deception, crime, and redemption. From immigrant bootleggers and coalminers to proud winemakers and ambitious priests, only a few family members will encounter the chameleon-like Black Angel who shows up when least expected to offer advice or merely observe. After all, there's only so much one family angel can do to save troubled people from themselves.
Petty bootleggers Carlo Baggio and his brother Jake are enjoying the good life in 1925 Prohibition Chicago until Carlo enters into an arranged marriage with a bride from Italy and Jake gets run out of town for cheating on the boss's daughter. In the aftermath Carlo takes a bullet for Jake and is ready to cash in his chips until a black angel that Carlo dubs L'Angelo Nero convinces him otherwise—and more than one time. For the next fifty years the Baggio brothers and their families will experience hardship, tragedy, rewards, and the unwelcomed honor of Carlo's son becoming a priest.
Years later L'Angelo Nero visits Carlo's grandson Frank, the only survivor of a life-altering experience that prompts Frank to follow his uncle into the priesthood. Eventually, Frank winds up in Rome, training for the prestigious Vatican Diplomatic Corps. He encounters the angel again, along with a mysterious warning that leads Frank to choose between the diplomatic career he has coveted for years or sparing the life of a priest defying Catholic tradition.
THE FAMILY ANGEL will appeal to fans of TV's BOARDWALK EMPIRE and fiction by Father Andrew Greeley, Howard Fast, and Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds).
Loretta Giacoletto divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks where she concentrates on writing fiction, essays, and her blog Loretta on Life while her husband cruises the waters for bass and crappie. Their five children have left the once chaotic nest but occasionally return for her to-die-for ravioli and roasted peppers topped with garlic-laden bagna càuda. An avid traveler, she has visited numerous countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the area from where her family originates: the Piedmont region near the Italian alps.
Loretta's novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they must take responsibility for having created. In LETHAL PLAY a grieving widow is suspected of killing her son's coach, a man with more enemies than friends. FAMILY DECEPTIONS follows two generations of earthy characters who learn to thrive and/or survive through a series of misdeeds, the worst against those they love the most. FREE DANNER features a cynical young man whose troubled past and deadly encounters hinder his search for the father he has yet to meet. THE FAMILY ANGEL is a paranormal saga about the Americanization of an immigrant family of bootleggers, coalminers, winemakers and priests, and a mysterious black angel who enjoys sticking his nose in the family business.
In addition to the horror anthologies, Damned in Dixie and Hell in the Heartland, Loretta's short stories have appeared in a number of publications including The MacGuffin, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Scruffy Dog Review, Allegory and Literary Mama, which nominated her story "Tom" for Dzanc's 2010 Best of The Web.
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