Pietro and Isabella Rocca are living a marriage of convenience in 1928 Italy. He allows his wife to rule the household, the farm, and their young twins. Isabella thinks she rules Pietro too, until she discovers him in bed with the neighbor's wife. Isabella sends him away, to work in Torino for the year it will take her anger to subside. Instead, he sails to America with hopes of acquiring enough money to buy his family's forgiveness. The new life Pietro builds--one based on gambling, extortion, bootlegging, and bigamy--seduces him to stay. Meanwhile in Italy, Isabella adjusts to life without Pietro, using deceit to safeguard her family and later to aid WWII partisans who eventually regard their son a hero and their daughter a Nazi collaborator. Twenty-nine years will pass before Pietro returns as a wealthy man, along with an American son determined to befriend the family his father deserted. But first, Pietro must redeem himself to Isabella, their children, and the neighbor he betrayed.
Fans of the family sagas by Howard Fast and the TV series, Boardwalk, will enjoy Family Deceptions.
|Publisher:||Barnes & Noble Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Loretta's novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they’re forced to 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.
In addition to the horror anthologies, Damned in Dixie and Hell in the Heartland, Loretta’s short stories have appeared in numerous 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. Twelve of her stories can be found in the recently published anthology entitled A COLLECTION OF GIVERS AND TAKERS.
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