Egidio: Ora et Labora, Volume II (Spanish Edition)

 
9780805972696: Egidio: Ora et Labora, Volume II (Spanish Edition)

A determined immigrant, Egidio Antonio LaCava joins the numerous others who came to America in search of other family members, new job opportunities - and a dream.

A continuation of the perilous journey of Egidio by Louis S. LaCava, this epic journey begins with Egidio's arrival into America with but twenty dollars to his name. His plans to stay with his aunt and uncle take him to Connecticut, where his first purchase, a successful grocery store in Hartford, begins to gain him community honor and esteem. His second store, a confectionery, though economically sound, becomes much sweeter the day a woman named Anna Maria walks into his store - and his life.

Through the debilitating years of the cruel and wicked Depression, Egidio, his loving wife Anna Maria, and their family live off the land and Egidio works at odd jobs. In the midst of sadness and chaos, Egidio keeps his heart full of faith, thankfulness, hope, and prayer - and there is plenty of that to go around. Since building is in Egidio's blood, his success in creating single - and two-family homes skyrockets, with other proposals for more homes soon to come. But then the unimaginable happens.

Swiftly and without warning, a devastating flood sweeps over New England, a cruel joke of heavy rains and melting spring snow from a brutal winter. With what little he has left, his family home, farm, and chicken business are gone. Despite his earlier vow, he laments that his family will now be separated in order to survive.

Egidio's fact-based narrative is two stories: one with the uniqueness of a family of seventeen people whose unity, spirit, and faith keep them together through an unthinkable floodgate of challenges; and one about a man who represents every immigrant whose unflappable determination and grit contribute to the diverse, international mosaic, which makes America great. Edidio: Ora et Labora, Volume II is the compelling sequel of the biography of one man, but it is a microcosm of many great people in the early twentieth century, determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

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About the Author:

Louis S. LaCava was born and raised in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and is one of fourteen children in the LaCava family. He has prolonged his father Egidio's dream by working for his family's business, the LaCava Construction Company, as a builder/construction engineer. He and his wife Janet have three children: Louis, Nancy, and Courtney. He is the founder of the Closet Poet Gathering, a forum for published and unpublished poets, a director for the Homebuilders Association of Hartford County, and was the Connecticut Home Show Chairman from 1986 to 1990. LaCava's other book, A Single Rose, was published in 2006.

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