The Italian-American Writers Experience

“Where are the Italian American novelists?”

This article, by Fred Gardaphe, appears on L’Italo-Americano.

The Italian-American Writers Experience

Whatever I have learned about Italian American literature was on my own; no teacher suggested I read what I have read, and what I have learned has saved my life in many ways.
In Mario Puzo’s novel, The Fortunate Pilgrim (1964), I found my widowed mother, who raised four children by herself, to be very much like the protagonist, Lucia Santa, who “makes the family organism stand strong against the blows of time: the growth of children, the death of parents, and all changes of worldly circumstance.  She lives through five years in an instant, and behind her trail the great shadowy memories that are life’s real substance and the spirit’s strength.”

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