When an old woman is asked to tell the story of her life, she tells an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving a warring suburban family during the 1950s and ’60s.
Written as a memoir, each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia’s life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and her family. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.
Told in breathtakingly beautiful prose, this is a powerful and timeless story of a dying woman’s courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it.
About Susan Speranza
…I was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island where I had an interesting and creative childhood. Once in college, I studied Psychology and Philosophy, but since “thinking” didn’t translate into earning money or job security, I worked at a variety of different and unrelated jobs both in New York City and on Long Island.
In order to keep me sane through all the craziness of life, I spent my spare time writing. Anything and everything. The culmination of this was a fantasy – The City of Light – which has recently been reissued as an ebook.
I took up the hobby of dog showing and breeding and produced many Pekingese Champions. You can see them over at our Castlerigg Pekingese website.
Somewhere in the middle of my life so far, after a great personal upheaval, I went back to school, became a High School Librarian. I managed to fulfill my childhood dream of living in the country when I finally escaped suburbia and moved to Vermont where I now happily live with my beautiful Pekes.
But I’ve never stopped writing.
My biography (as with my life, I hope) is to be continued…
Review – A young woman writing her disertation seeks out Lucia Grandi, an older lady in a nursing home to tell her story. It spans across the 1950’s and 1960’s and covers her emotional coming of age as well as some major key events in history such as the assignation of Kennedy and the vietnam war.
The magic of words to transport the reader to a past time and place where they feel the emotions and atmosphere of the character is in abundance directly from the beginning in this book. You not only feel as though you are in the same room listening to the character tell her story but journey with her to each and every moment of her childhood. You suffer along with her through her abuse both physical and verbal. It is a long read that is worth sticking to. The story takes you over some amazing situations which the characters experience and events in history with an interesting insight. A talented writer that I look forward to reading more from.
I received this copy in exhange for an honest review.
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