An Italian Wife

An Italian Wife

Book - 2014
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An Italian Wife is the extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi--her joys, sorrows, and passions, spanning more than seven decades. The novel begins in turn-of-the-century Italy, when fourteen-year-old Josephine, sheltered and naive, is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America, where she later joins him. Bound by tradition, Josephine gives birth to seven children. The last, Valentina, is conceived in passion, born in secret, and given up for adoption.Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for her lost child, keeping her secret even as her other children go off to war, get married, and make their own mistakes. Her son suffers in World War One. One daughter struggles to assimilate in the new world of the 1950s American suburbs, while another, stranded in England, grieves for a lover lost in World War Two. Her granddaughters experiment with the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll in the 1970s. Poignant, sensual, and deeply felt, An Italian Wife is a sweeping and evocative portrait of a family bound by love and heartbreak.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393241662
Branch Call Number: HOOD A
Characteristics: 286 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm


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Mar 30, 2019

This is complete vulgar trash. I'm all for having sexual content in novels, but it should be executed with grace and class. This book had neither. Every other page has some gratuitous scene that makes me want to vomit.

Apr 24, 2017

I found this book extremely vulgar and an affront to those of us of Italian-American heritage whose relatives, unlike those of the book, were hardworking, culturally rich and morally upright.

Dec 03, 2016

I loved this book. It reminded me of growing up in Toronto's Little Italy in the 50's. The guys were all on the shorter side and very much interested in getting the girls . The food was glorious and the neighbours backyards were all filled with edible stuff and pigeon coops.

There was always a lot of yelling and I learned that this was normal communication. My friends , who were Italian, lived in big multi-generational families and this book was spot on in all this.

As for the sex, well it could be heard through the open windows on a hot summer's night, before we had a.c.

Jul 14, 2016

Not that great of a book, it seems to me all the characters had sexual hang ups and the storyline got lost in there somewhere. Would have been nice to develop the ethnic side of this story.

Apr 25, 2015

Wonder why this was chosen for Lucky Day! I completely lost interest 2/3 of the way through.

KasiaJay Mar 14, 2015

A story of the many disappointments in a woman's - and her descendants' - lives.

Feb 14, 2015

After reading and enjoying several of her other books, this was a disappointment. Don't waste your time on this one.

Dec 18, 2014

I disliked this book very much. Did not finish it after half-way through. To much sexual content that I really didn't see was needed.

Sep 27, 2014

A huge disappointment.

booklady413 Sep 18, 2014

This novel brings from the early 1900's to the 1970's. It is a multi-generational saga that highlights an Italian immigrant, Josephine's arrival in America and her family's quest to become fully American.


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