The Saint of Lost Things

The Saint of Lost Things

A Novel

Book - 2005
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It is 1953 in the tight-knit Italian neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware. Maddalena Grasso has lost her country, her family, and the man she loved by coming to America; her mercurial husband, Antonio, has lost his opportunity to realize the American Dream; their new friend, Guilio Fabbri, a shy accordion player, has lost his beloved parents.

In the shadow of St. Anthony's Church, named for the patron saint of lost things, the prayers of these troubled but determined people are heard, and fate and circumstances conspire to answer them in unforeseeable ways.

With great authenticity and immediacy, The Saint of Lost Things evokes a bittersweet time in which the world seemed more intimate and knowable, and the American Dream simpler, nobler, and within reach.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565124332
Branch Call Number: CASTELLA C
PS3603.A875 S35 2005
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 23 cm


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Oct 24, 2014

The Grassos and the people they interact with in 1953 and following try to make sense out of their new lives in America. Maddalena and her new husband, Antonio don't understand each other, but are still in love. He wants to strike it rich owning a restaurant and becoming a father. When she doesn't conceive after 7 years, he sends her to work in a factory. There she makes friends and becomes more independent. An African American man moves in across the street, and everyone responds differently when a crisis happens. This rather slow moving story, the middle of a trilogy, is part of a very satisfying family saga.


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