Iris & Lily: Book One

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In Book One, Iris and Lily are the lovably ingenuous youngest daughters in a family of fourteen, starving for attention as they struggle to survive in the chaotic Capotosti household. The explosive rage of Carlo, their hot-blooded father; the submissiveness of Betty, their overwhelmed mother; the abuse meted out by half a dozen domineering brothers; the inaccessible ken of their older sisters; all join forces to make the home a minefield of emotional pitfalls for the two neglected girls, whose natural exuberance is squelched by the fear of punishment and the dictates of Catholicism.

As Iris and Lily scrape their way through puberty to adolescence, outside forces begin driving a wedge between them. The favoritism of an aunt, the shame of sexual abuse, the socioeconomic shifts and eruption of the women’s movement of the ‘70s become the catalysts that lead to the disintegration of what little security was once offered by their family. Desperate for love, Iris and Lily naively take refuge in marriages that push them worlds apart, altering their relationship as sisters dramatically.

Told in alternating chapters in the voices of the two protagonists, sprinkled with episodes of comedy and tragedy that will make you laugh and cry, this is the story of every woman who has memories of what it is like to be a little girl, then a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, filled with hope and expectations.

Iris & Lily: Book One is the first in a three-volume series. Read also Book Two and Book Three, or read the entire novel in the ebook Iris & Lily: The Complete Series.

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When sisters Angela and Julie decided to act on their vision and write a novel series together despite living on separate continents, nothing could stop them. Not the distance, not conflicting work schedules, not six time zones. The writing of Iris & Lily is an amazing story in itself: of inspiration sustained by unflagging determination, of solitude combined with synchronicity, and of staying on the same page while editing on the cloud.

Angela came into the world during a blizzard in the January of 1959, the seventh in a not-yet-completed lineup of snot-nosed, scraggly children. Not surprisingly, like generations of romantically inclined, novel-devouring young women before her, during a trip to Italy Angela fell in love with the country, its climate, its natural and artistic beauty, its people (yes, including its men), language, flavors and flair. Not yet 21, bewitched by fantasies of a sunny world filled with love and adventure, she moved to Italy to live out her own fairy story, and draft the first of several versions of a happy ending.

Three decades and many twists later, from her home in Liguria, she co-authored her first novel, Iris & Lily, with her sister Julie, working long-distance across the Atlantic for four full years. When she is not working on her writing projects, Angela enjoys noodling on her guitar and ukulele, cooking for and with friends, and spending as much time as possible outdoors, gardening, hiking, swimming, visiting with the cats that stop by to be petted and fed, and nurturing her soul with the beauty of God's nature.

Julie Scipioni is a passionate creative communicator who has embraced writing, speaking, singing, and even yoga instruction all as vehicles for telling her story, sharing her energy, and encouraging and teaching others. Born in 1960, Julie is also known as "Number 8" in her family of 11 children.

She is devoted to the principles of love, peace, and active compassion not as ideals, but as life goals and as guideposts for ethical living. In addition to writing, Julie is active in her church, plays the guitar and the ukulele "strictly for fun" and performs as a vocalist at various social and community events. Julie is a fitness buff and an avid cyclist, proud to have put more than 10,000 miles on her Specialized road bike. Julie lives in Upstate New York with her husband Rick and their two cats, Halo and Stella.

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