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									Christopher CastellaniChristopher Castellani
Inspired by the stories of his Italian immigrant parents, Christopher Castellani crafted his buzzed-about debut novel, A Kiss from Maddalena -- a dramatic, suspenseful tale of love against the odds in war-torn Italy.

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Fact File

Name:
Christopher Castellani
Current Home:
Arlington, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
December 7, 1972
Place of Birth:
Wilmington, Delaware
Education:
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1994; M.A./A.B.D., Tufts University, 1998; M.A., Boston University, 1999





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								A Kiss from Maddalena, Author: 
								Christopher Castellani.

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A Kiss from Maddalena
by Christopher Castellani
"Castellani creates a velvety, cinematic atmosphere," says Publishers Weekly of his debut novel about Maddalena and Vito -- two star-crossed lovers struggling to stay together in war-torn Italy. "Like a Verdi opera, Castellani's story creates a certain grandeur out of its own lightness."

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Please, Mr. Postman

"I have an unhealthy obsession with the mail," Castellani reveals in our interview, "and continually expect wonderful surprises from it: cards from long-lost friends, surprise care packages, notices of sweepstakes winnings. Mostly I'm disappointed."



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Castellani's Reading Recommendations

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								The Saint of Lost Things, Author: 
								Christopher Castellani.

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The Saint of Lost Things
by Christopher Castellani
In the highly anticipated sequel to his acclaimed debut, A Kiss from Maddalena, Castellani picks up the story of his beloved heroine as she tries to make a her American dreams come true in Wilmington, Delaware with her brand-new husband, Antonio.

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								Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, Author: 
								Steve Almond.

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Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
by Steve Almond
We asked Castellani to tell us about some of his favorite books. He put Steve Almond's ode to sweets,Candyfreak, on his list; read on to learn more about his summer reading recommendations, including:

*The Giant's House  by Elizabeth McCracken
*Little Children  by Tom Perrotta
*The Hazards of Good Breeding  by Jessica Shattuck
*Mrs. Kimble: A Novel  by Jennifer Haigh
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