'A warm summer breeze lifts pale blue sheets and a host of marshmallow clouds float over my balcony.'
The Ghosts of Italy is Angela Paolantonio's memoir of how she first discovers and then returns to live in the remote mountain village in Southern Italy where her grandparents were born. She sets out late one November, just after having celebrated Thanksgiving alone on a rooftop in Rome, the spirit of her ancestors guiding her in. "I really didn't know I was searching for anything till I got here," she says. "Then I realized what I was missing and what it meant."
Angela Paolantonio's archetypal journey to the village of the ghosts of her ancestors is a unique yet universal woman's story. She ventures across the threshold of a lost world, reclaims it, and falls deeply in love along the way - with the town and its residents, the landscape, and the Handsome Man from Macchiursi. She follows the clues to rediscover her spirit and the spirit of her grandmother, and namesake, whose memory had been lost to her, locked inside her father's heart.
The Ghosts of Italy opens with Angela's daydream of one day owning a stone house on an Italian hillside, sheep grazing below her balcony. 'Now I have them in view.' Then wistfully, 'But it's not just any view. It's the balcony view of my grandmother's youth.'
With good timing, Angela ends up buying the very house where her grandmother was born, made of fieldstone set by hand by her great-grandfather, with the beautiful view, kept in the family for generations. But will she trade a career in Los Angeles to live the Roseto Mystery?
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About the Author
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History degree from Long Island University, Southampton, New York. She is a writer and photographer, curator, and consultant for art and photography exhibits, books, and events, both in Italy and the U.S.
Angela lives in Calitri, Italy, on via Fontana, in the house where her grandmother was born.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In reading this book I have the advantage of (1.) Living in Italy myself, and (2.) Having once visited Calitri on a whim, having no idea what it was like. We did have a chance meeting with Angela on that visit. When I heard she had written a book I was very intrigued and wanted to read it. I purchased a copy here in Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved its pace and sequencing through her whole journey from tentative beginnings to full embrace into her two family lines. The love affair was obviously very important to her but, for me, secondary to the rest of the story. Although I live in Umbria, considered to be very traditionally Italian, it holds no candle to these remote and isolated villages in the south. The rituals associated with everyday life there are incredible. That a grown, fully independent woman would have to be escorted by a male relative to meet the parents of her boyfriend, even in the 21st century is jaw dropping. If you love all things Italian or, especially, have Italian heritage I think you will really love this book.
This book is for anyone who loves travel; for anyone who loves Family History; for anyone who loves Italy, romance and so much more. I have been to those small hill towns of Southern Italy and Angela captures it perfectly. She takes you on her personal journey back to the roots of her ancestors. (Finding romance along the way). You can almost feel the warm summer breeze and hear the church bells ringing. She takes you there with her and you will be totally engrossed in the experience. I recommend this book highly.