The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years

The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years

by Susan Speranza

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ISBN-13: 9780944657010
Publisher: Brook House Press
Publication date: 10/20/2012
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)

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The Tale of Lucia Grandi, the Early Years 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that truly did interest me. I always loved "David Copperfield" and its auspicious beginning, and this book is similar in scope. It strives to tell the readers about everything in Lucia Grandi's life, and a full life she had indeed! I found the stories quite tragic at times. I read something like this, and I thank God for his blessings. There is not much profanity in the book, and there are no sex scenes--always appreciated. I was drawn in at the beginning of the story, but there were times I felt my interest waning. The author tries to put everything that happened to the main character in one book, and I think that is a challenge in its own. I do not criticize the author for that--to each his own. But there were times I wished there were more humor (not humiliation)and anecdotes. I did find it clever how she arranged the facts in the book--I'll let you check that out yourself. So are you looking for a fictional memoir that even covers some history from the 1900's? I can certainly recommend this book to those, and I feel pretty certain you would enjoy it. I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
BookReflections More than 1 year ago
As an old woman, Lucia reflects back on a life where she grew up as a middle child in a tumultuous home.  Her older sister, Lynn, viewed her as competition for her parents' affection, her parents didn't believe in her, and her younger brother reveled in his position as the much awaited son and got the love she so desperately desired.  Each chapter covered a different event in her life and slowly painted the picture of a shy misunderstood girl.  Lucia only found love and understanding from her grandfather, Bernard.  She details world events and how they touched her family and ultimately rocked her world. First, I have to say that The Tale of Lucia Grandi is very well written and probably one of the best of the year in that regard for me so far this year.  Ms. Speranza is able to create a family that is well-respected and appears normal and happy from the outside but is broken in so many ways.  She doesn't create a family dealing with addiction or anything obvious like that but rather a family that deals with the normal in an unhealthy way that manages to shape the entire family differently, leaving almost all of them unhappy.  I was inspired at how she was able to do this by weaving an interesting life story full of dramatic events that kept me as a reader interested from beginning to end. Now if you read this and glance at my rating, you might be confused.  To be honest, my rating was a different one until the last 75 pages or so when I realized that I didn't quite know the point of the story.  It spiraled into a tale that became more sad by the minute and I started to wonder where it could possibly end and what could be the message.  While Lucia's parents—especially her mother—really didn't seem to love or understand her, I thought Lucia was quite a handful.  As a child it was understandable and, at times, humorous.  As an adult, she really began to frustrate me with her bad decision-making and inability to do anything.  While her parents were awful to her, I could understand their frustrations and why they thought some of the things they did about her education and some of her decisions.  I was right to wonder how it would end because it simply ended (I apologize if that is considered a spoiler). Overall, a very good read that left me disappointed at the end.  I'm assuming that there is sequel to this book and if there isn't going to be one, I'd be even more upset.  If a sequel were to follow I would most certainly read it for the wonderful writing and because Lucia's life can only get better.  I'm not sure it could get any more depressing.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
At 110, with no family, old and alone, it’s not surprising Lucia Grandi laughs when the young student asks if she can write her life story. “Time was endless for me now at the end of my life,” Lucia muses, and the rest of this novel tells of that time’s genesis, Lucia’s early years. Susan Speranza’s Lucia Grandi pulls the reader in with natural voice, clear eyesight and description, convincing dialog, and believable motivations and memory… plus a few surprises. From the narrator’s first confusion over whether her new friend is real, to the last words of her history of The Early Years, there’s a magical hint of unreality behind perfectly convincing detail, and truth behind newly remembered fiction. Lucia’s father told tall tales to his oldest child, the perfect, joyless Lynn. So perhaps it’s only fair that the younger daughter give memory free reign now. Thus a story of depth and contradiction grows, each chapter bringing a new recollection, of love, war, childhood, ambition and more, each generation with its own great sorrows in the years between the first world war and a young girl’s coming of age in the 1960s and 70s Bent rules characterize this story, bending reality as suburbia rises with its own fictions and dreams, as Dumbo rises from the grave, factories close their doors to their immigrant employees, and powerful nuns enforce obedience in school. The girl who refused to tell lies just to make people like her is now an old woman telling the half-truths of genuine history and complex memory. The girl who kept her troubles hidden in lonely silence becomes the woman remembering all. There’s an intriguing distraction to the writing in this novel. Clear and confident writing mixes individual events, musings on the past, and long explanation as the old woman gazes through the stained glass windows of her life. A hard life, if its telling is true (though, as Lucia says of her childhood “There was no reward for telling the truth”), this tale is filled with genuine detail and curious inconsistencies, great contrasts as story plays a character’s role, art and misery and fierce determination. Chapters built around single events and thoughts inevitably end up repeating parts of the past, but the story flows smoothly forward, is convincingly told, and reads slowly and well. This Lucia wouldn’t be so much older than me I think as I add up the years. I wonder what the rest of her life will tell. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel in exchange for a genuine review.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book from the moment I read the prologue.  Lucia has lived a full live at 110 years old. The fact that she can even accurately remember her age surprised me.  But at 110 she has her full wits about her.  Life was very different all those years ago - I remember spending hours with my grandmother and great-grandmother reminiscing about some of those old memories and often the discussions led to stories of one form of abuse or another.  This book had its share of abuse stories and so many sad memories.  This book is full of history, strong characters, and just a full web of stories that make up the early years in the life of a 110 year old woman.  My favorite character was Bernard and his passing broke my heart.  I could feel Lucia's despair and pain.  My least favorite character was easily Ruth.  Sadly situations like this did exist and do exist.  They shouldn't - but they do.  I give this book 4 stars and look forward to finding out more about Lucia's Life.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
The cycle of abuse is a real thing. Early in the book everyone had grown up with some sort of abuse. I felt bad for all of them. My heart broke time and time again for Lucia. I can't imagine growing up with the daily emotional abuse she went through. I can't imagine living my life every with the amount of hate her parents had. Emotional abuse really does stay with you for a very long time, and ruins your own self worth. I loved to read about the change of the country while she was growing up, and how it effected her as well. This story flowed beautifully and found myself getting lost in the world of Lucia and see what ended up happening to her. I gave this book a 4 only because of the ending.. I would of loved to know how her life turned out after leaving her parents home.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is an amazing memoir of sorts about life of Lucia Grandi, a young woman growing up in the turbulent 50s and 60s. The story begins with a young lady interviewing Lucia in the present about her past. Growing up knowing you’re unwanted because you were born a girl is difficult enough, but her battles in life also seemed never ending. I enjoyed this immensely; I loved that no matter how many times she was knocked down, she brushed herself off and tried again. She really brought home the meaning of the word survivor. The story is extremely realistic and brilliantly written!
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Susan pens "The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years" in a well written plot that flowed nicely. Her characters are believable and easy to relate to. Once I started this book, I found it hard to put down..even if it is 400 pages, the time just flew by. Highly recommended to all from YA to adults. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
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