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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
File size1.5 Mb
Release date 01.11.1997
Pages count304
Book rating4.05 (200 votes)
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Skillfully capturing the daily quirks of life in a boisterous, working-class ethnic family—daily assaulted by family clamor, endless courses of food, embarrassment and fierce love—Blue Italian traces the pitfalls of the young life and three-year marriage of a wise-cracking and heart-winning heroine, Rosa Salvatore. With an ear for acid dialogue and an eye for everyday ironies, Ciresi unfolds Rosa Salvatore's tale: growing up on fantasies, guilt, and fagioli in the New Haven working-class Italian neighborhood of Pizza Beach; working her way through a local college by slinging hash, while agonizing over her thighs and aching for passion; landing a job and meeting Gary Fisher, a nice Jewish lawyer from Flushing with a great butt and angst of his own. Rosa and Gary fall in love, make love, get married, fight, make up, fight again—until Gary is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Rosa realizes the power of her love—and the crushing force of regret.

Frank and warm, crackling with razor-sharp wit, Blue Italian is a love story about an ill-fated couple who almost missed realizing how much they loved each other. It establishes Rita Ciresi as a writer with a unique gift for language, character, and emotion—a novelist to read, and a novelist to watch.

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