Between 1870 and 1970, 26 million Italians left their homeland and travelled to places like Canada, Australia and the United States, in search of work. Many of them never returned to Italy. Against this historic backdrop comes the story of Rosina, a Calabrian matriarch, who worked as a midwife in an area where only one doctor served three villages. She was also the only member of the Russo family to remain in Italy after the mass migration of the 1950s. Written by Rosina’s great-great- granddaughter, Rosina, the Midwife is a charming memoir that is at once a Canadian story and an Italian one.
Through Kluthe’s meticulous research and great insight, we see her great-grandfather Generoso labouring through the harsh Edmonton winter in order to buy passage to Canada for his wife and children; we glimpse her grandmother Rose huddled in a third-class cabin, sick from the motion of the boat; and we watch, teary-eyed, as her great-great-grandmother Rosina is forced to say goodbye, one by one, to the people she loves.
|Publisher:||Brindle & Glass Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Jessica Kluthe-recently named one of Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40-holds and MFA from the University of Victoria. Her stories have appeared in publications including The Malahat Review, Little Fiction, and Red Savina Review as well as two recent anthologies: Eat It: Food, Sex and Women's Writing and 40 Below: Edmonton's Winter Anthology. Rosina, the Midwife, which was on The Edmonton Journal's best sellers list for ten weeks, is her first book. "Traces," the first chapter of her book, was shortlisted for the Alberta Writers' Guild James H. Gray award. Jessica teaches full time for MacEwan University's Bachelor of Communication Studies program. Visist Jessica on lie at at www.jessicakluthe.com or follow her on Twitter at @ jessicakluthe.