"Innocent Heart, Laughter And Tears is a personal memoir and biography concerning the life of Maria Marzia Maiello and her family. Born in 1920 in a small town in Italy, she had to abandon her beloved native land with her mother at the tender age of ten, to escape the rising tide of fascism. Together they came to the United States, where young Maria met her father in America. Written by Maria's daughter Antonia Sparano Geiser, Innocent Heart, Laughter And Tears in the amalgamation of many stories Maria and her mother told directly to Antonia, and so Antonia has taken the liberty of collecting and presenting them in first person narration. Innocent Heart, Laughter And Tears reads fluidly, yet it is more than a memoir and a biography; it beautifully preserves a piece of twentieth century Italian-American heritage, culture, and memory."