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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Date of Birth:
December 7, 1972
Place of Birth:
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1994; M.A./A.B.D., Tufts University, 1998; M.A., Boston University, 1999
|Our Book Club Pick|
|A Kiss from Maddalena|
"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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|The Saint of Lost Things|
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.
|Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America|
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:
|Photo by Renee Orr||