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Umbertina
     

Umbertina

by Helen Barolini
 
One of the first novels to explore Italian American women's experience and an acknowledged contemporary classic of Italian American literature, Umbertina tells the richly detailed story of four generations of women. The novel follows Umbertina and her descendants from her roots in a Calabrian village through a period of American assimilation, to Umbertina's

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One of the first novels to explore Italian American women's experience and an acknowledged contemporary classic of Italian American literature, Umbertina tells the richly detailed story of four generations of women. The novel follows Umbertina and her descendants from her roots in a Calabrian village through a period of American assimilation, to Umbertina's great-granddaughters' efforts to resolve the dilemma of their Italian American identity. When first published in 1979, the Philadelphia Inquirer called it "an important novel for these times. . . . Through a dazzling interplay of American and Italian characters in both countries, Helen Barolini delineates the major concerns of all thinking American ethnics." This is no less true today, as this republication restores Umbertina to a reading public newly attuned to the complexities of cultural inheritance and identity.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
LJ's reviewer found this first novel a tad long but nonetheless "readable, perceptive, and rich in detail" (LJ 10/15/79). It tells the story of four generations of women, beginning in Italy in the 1860s and ending in the United States in the 1960s. This edition includes a scholarly afterword.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553138177
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1985
Pages:
448

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