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read Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Rosanna ChiofaloStella Mia is a novel written as a memoirs All in the present tense the past and the distant past events ecounted in the book enjoy eual immediacy A grown US American daughter tells her version of the events surrounding the departure of her Italian
mother back to Italy When she discovers her mother s diary the daughter and the eader discover theback to Italy When she discovers her mother s diary the daughter and the eader discover the s version of eventsAstoria New York s first second and third generation Italian Americans make up many of the characters in this story The other characters are Sicilian "And Calabrian The Events "Calabrian The events occur in America and in Italy in the near past and in the distant past This is so called women s fiction which I think is a Liar, Liar rather insulting category name So I will describe this in traditional terms a family dramaThe mother s childhood in Italy is an excruciating story toead Physical and psychological abuse takes a toll on the woman not just in the past but throughout her wh. Rosanna Chiofalo's poignant beautifully written novel evokes the stunning scenery of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and tells of mothers and daughters love and sacrifice and the choices that Essays One resound across continents and through generations Julia Parlatone doesn't have much toemember her Italian mother by A grapevine that Sarina planted still flourishes in the backyard of Julia's childhood home in Astoria ueens And there's a song
Stella Mia Sh.Mia sh. Ole life It is a Femmes, si vous saviez... : 83 questions-rponses, hormones, mnopause, ostoporose relief toead of the happiness "she finds here and there in her life But the overall feeling is that she is doomed from the start to "finds here and there in her life But the overall feeling is that she is doomed from the start to The story takes on the feel of a family saga when the story of the past takes over The visits to Astoria New York with the grown daughter are fleeting I think I enjoyed the last part of the story the best when the grown daughter meets her aged mother
In Sicily And LearnsSicily and learns The Kaya-Girl rest of the story directly from her mother There is of course a heartwarming endingI m a bit older than the 42 year old protagonist Julia but I still think she is a childish woman Hereactions to what she learns about her mother feel like the eactions of a child not a grown woman Perhaps that is the case these days the perpetual adolescents of America I like to think that her experience in this book will make her a eal grown womanThere are ecipes at the end of the book and a uestion Answer section wi. E ecalls her mother singing my star my star you are the most beautiful star until the day she left three year old Julia behind and eturned to Italy for good
Now a happily married school teacher Julia tries not to dwell on a past she can't changea happily married school teacher Julia tries not to dwell on a past she can't change on a mother who chose to leave But in an old trunk in the family basement she discovers items that belonged to her mother a song book Tarot cards a Sicilian folk costume and a diary Sarina writes un. Th the author Reading clubs are provided uestions to accompany Stella Mia The eader is told about the "author s other books and we learn that some of the characters "s other books and we learn that some of the characters Stella Mia appear in the other books I eceived the book from NetGalleyPlease visit my full and illustrated eview at Italophile Book Reviewshttpitalophilebookreviewsblogspot I loved it I just put another one of her books on hold This was a great book Being Italian I appreciated all the scenes described and the language Wonderful story Enjoyable ead Setting is in Italy and New York which makes for pleasant eading 35 stars Julia s mother left her and her father when she was three to eturn to Italy She emembers a song that she used to sing to her Stella Mia but little else When she comes across a chest in the basement that contains some of the mother s things she is shocked to find a diary The book turns to a dual time novel as we see her mother Sarina s li. Flinchingly of her harsh childhood and of a first passionate love affair; of blissful months spent living in the enchanting coastal esort town of Taormina and the unspoiled Aeolian Islands north of Sicily as well as the easons she came to New York By the diary's end Julia knows she must track down her mother in Italy and piece together the est of the complex bittersweet truth a journey that for better or worse will change her own life forever.