Mario Puzo The Fortunate Pilgrim

ISBN 13: 9781423396932

The Fortunate Pilgrim

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9781423396932: The Fortunate Pilgrim

Before The Godfather and The Last Don, Mario Puzo wrote The Fortunate Pilgrim, a novel many believe to be one of the classics of Italian-American fiction. In this special edition, Mario Puzo's legions of fans will discover a different side of this legendary author, writing for the first time about an Italian family in which a woman holds the power.

Lucia Santa has traveled three thousand miles of dark ocean, from the mountain farms of Italy to the streets of New York, hoping for a better life. Instead, she finds herself in Hell's Kitchen, in a bad marriage, raising six children on her own. As Lucia struggles to hold her family together, her daughter confronts the adult world of work and romance while her eldest son is drawn into the Mafia. Meanwhile, her youngest son aspires to American pursuits she cannot understand.

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Lucia Santa came to New York from the mountain farms of Italy because she knew there had to be a better life. But what she finds in the streets of Hell's Kitchen is a life to break a strong woman's heart. Two tragic marriages, six children to support by herself, a fiery-hearted daughter who insists on living and loving as an American, an oldest son who gets involved with the mafia. And through it all, Lucia Santa--wife, widow, mother, grandmother--endures as a woman of incomparable dignity, courage, and passion.

Filled with laughter and tears, fury and forgiveness, The Fortunate Pilgrim is a spellbinding portrait of a family determined to survive in America. It is a novel that only Mario Puzo could have written.

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"A classic . . . The novel is lifted into literature by its highly charged language, its penetrating insights, and its mixture of tenderness and rage."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A beautiful book with perfect sentences, a book that could have put Puzo on track to be the Italian Malamud or Henry Roth."
--New York magazine

"An accomplished and imaginative writer."
--Los Angeles Times

"It reads almost as a prequel to The Godfather. . . . [with] the same endearing style that makes almost any Puzo book difficult to put down."
--Detroit News and Free Press

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