This listing is for a NEW book titled
Signed by author Virginia J.
This book is 223 pages and is the
fourth edition of "Gianna Mia". It was originally published
by Dodd Mead in 1979 as a young adult novel. Dodd Mead closed
out this market two years later, and for twenty years "Gianna
Mia" was available only through the internet as a discarded library
In 2000, at the age of seventy-five, Virginia
J. Marangell published it in soft cover, and this is the third
printing of it done by her.
"Gianna Mia" is considered to be a good
example of the warm nostalgia of Italian immigrant families living
in Wooster Square, New Haven, Connecticut, in the 1930's and World
Ward II. For twenty-four years it has been on recommended
reading lists for young people throughout the country. It was
used at Faifield University and Southern Connecitcut State
University in connection with Italian-American culture, and
appeared in the Italian version of Readers Digest Condensed Books
in Italy, as well as being praised by The New York Times,
Connecticut Magazine, The National Conference of Christians and
Jews, and Primo Magazine.
Other books by this author
About the Book
The 1930's world of the Dellesantos is poor
in material things but rich in love and dreams. It is a world
narrowly defined by religious and ethnic traditions. But this
world changes drastically as children become highly educated and
seek distant horizons and World Ward II affects their lives
forever. This is a story of old dreams and new beginnings, as
the family whose love held them close through the tragedy of a son
killed in the war is torn betwen conflicting loyalties when a
daughter breaks her engagement to the "nice italian boy", now a
prisoner-of-war, to marry a Protestant missionary and is disowned
by her stubborn father.
The author has carved a rich and often
amusing slice of ethnic life. Readers can almost taste the
tomato sauce simmering on the stove and the shrimp, smelts, and
calamari frying on Christmas Eve, as they share the struggle of
this immigrant's family to attain the American dream.
A sequel, "A Time For All Things", covers the Dellesanto
family from 1918 to 1990, as higher education broadens their
horizons and takes them in different directions, but always they
return to Wooster Square for the important times in their lives,
and always they return to "La Famiglia".
"Virginia J. Marangell has been writing
since she was a little girl. She used to go up to an attic
room and cut out people from a Sears Roebuck catalog, then arrange
them on the floor and make up stories about them, all the time
dreaming of becoming a famous writer someday. A
Swedish-American, she married an Italian-American and wrote three
novels about Italian immigrant families in Wooster Square, New
Haven, Connecticut. At the age of 75, she went on to be
a publisher. As of this year, 2008, she has
published 10 of her books. These books include two Swedish
immigrant novels and an anthology of her best published short
stories. She feels her writing is deeply influenced by her
long bout with tuberculosis as a teenager, the tragic deaths of her
three sons, and the death of her husband in 1998.
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