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Italian Stories (Paperback)

Author:  Joseph Papaleo
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Product Details:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1564783065
ISBN-13: 9781564783066
Sku: 30827197
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  295
Age Range:  NA
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From the Publisher:

Paying homage to the Italian-American experience, Italian Stories celebrates an Italian neighbourhood in the Bronx during the 1930s and '40s, and mourns the loss of this ethnic identity with the migration of subsequent generations to the suburbs. With stories that are both melancholy and comic, Papaleo here explores the contradictory desires of assimilation: his characters want to live the life of the average American while maintaining a strong link to their rich heritage. In addition, Papaleo rails against the damaging stereotypes of Italian-Americans propagated by the media in movies and television.

Annotation:
Michael Joseph Spinelli is growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, surrounded by relatives, friends, Old World characters, and downright eccentrics. Seen through his eyes and those of his neighbors, this portrayal of the immigrant experience is set during the 1940s and '50s.

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Kirkus Reviews
"[An] impressive collection....One infers that there's a lifetime of experience and reflection, as well as anger, behind these tightly plotted, deftly written, and often very funny pieces." 12/01/2001

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue for an Ethnic Life..........................................3
Part One: Immigrant Epiphanies
    The Kidnap......................................................13
    Mission.........................................................29
    Nonna...........................................................38
    Wedding Day for Ingebordo.......................................50
    The Weeks of Charity............................................59
    Winds...........................................................70
    Graduation......................................................77
    On the Mountain.................................................87
    Resting Place...................................................99
Part Two: Losing the Bronx
    Agon...........................................................109
    The Golden Fleece Returns via Le Havre.........................118
    Homes and Rooms................................................128
    The End........................................................138
    You See What You Did...........................................145
    The Shylock's Wedding..........................................175
    Security: Passing the Torch....................................188
    Prison Notes of the Sixties....................................197
    The Word to Go.................................................208
    Leaving Vermont................................................218
Part Three: Blendings and Losses
    The Last Sabbatical............................................231
    Hits of the Past...............................................240
    Twenty-Nine Steps towards Re-adhesion..........................250
    Memories Reflected in Palm Springs.............................258
    Shrinks........................................................267
    Sizes..........................................................274
    Friday Supper..................................................281

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0295
Product attributePublisher:   Dalkey Archive Press
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