Peter Pezzelli Francesca's Kitchen

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No one writes about Italian-American families with the humor, warmth, and heart of Peter Pezzelli. With Francesca's Kitchen, he delivers a winning novel about how much we need the closeness of family--even if we don't know it.

Where There's Food, There's Family

For years, Francesca Campanile was the queen of her home. Standing in her Rhode Island kitchen, Francesca dispensed advice as liberally as she did the garlic, arguing nonstop with her son and two daughters. It was wonderful.

But now, her children and their children have moved away. And for the widowed Francesca, no longer having a family around to pester, annoy, guide, love, and, of course, cook for, makes her feel useless. What she needs is another family who needs her, and when she sees Loretta Simmons's ad in the Providence paper for a part-time nanny, she's sure she's found it. All the single mom wants is someone to fill in for a few hours a day. But it's obvious to Francesca that Loretta and her kids need a lot more. Loretta's struggling to make ends meet. Every man she brings home is a disaster. And her kids could definitely use some guidance--and a little lasagna, frankly. It's time for Francesca to work her magic...and the best place to start is the kitchen.

Funny and moving, with a heroine to adore, Francesca's Kitchen is a delicious story about sharing love, life, advice, and, above all, food.

"Home cooking, good pasta, and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story." --Publishers Weekly

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For years, Francesca Campanile was the queen of her home. Standing in her Rhode Island kitchen, Francesca dispensed advice as liberally as she did garlic, arguing nonstop with her son and two daughters. It was a wonderful life.

But now, Francesca's children have moved away -- and for the widowed Francesca, not having a family around to pester, guide, love and cook for makes her feel useless. When Francesca sees Loretta Simmons's want ad for a part-time nanny, she doesn't hesitate. Loretta just wants someone to fill in for a few hours a day, but it's obvious to Francesca that Loretta and her kids need a lot more than that. Loretta struggles to make ends meet, and her choice in men is one disaster after another. Her kids could use some guidance. It's time for Francesca to work her magic -- and the best place to start is in the kitchen.

About the Author:

Peter Pezzelli was born and raised in Rhode Island. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he lives with his wife, two children and their dog in Rhode Island where, most days, he is busy at work on his next novel. Readers can visit his website at www.peterpezzelli.com.

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