About the Book
What turns the gentle mean and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York’s streets were paved with violence and disappointment.
Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is an American of Italian parents. She’s ambitious but strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo vie for her affection.
Azzura, Leonardo, and Carlo confront con men, Tammany Hall politicians, the longshoreman’s union, Camorra clans, Black Hand extortion, and the Tombs prison.
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About the Author
Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Naples. Joe and his wife, Jane have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu Sophia. Joe's stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines including Bartleby Snopes, The Newfound Journal, and The Summerset Review.
This novel tells the story immigrants from Italy coming to the United States, particularly New York, in the twentieth century. The story shows how the Italians struggle and strive to survive and overcome their circumstances, bringing to light what it was like for Italians during this time period. Life was not always what you would expect it to be. Author Joe Giordano has written an intriguing story that will draw them into the life of Italian immigrants and their new found lives in America. I would recommend this novel to readers interested in Italian history.
Genre: historical; coming of age
Publisher: Harvard Square editions
Publication date: October 9, 2015
Number of pages: 260
Content Rating: PG (because there is mild profanity, no sex scenes, some violence)
Book Rating: 4 stars
A review copy of this book was provided by Italy Book Tours.
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