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A memoir of 19th century southern Italy, "Calabrian Tales" is a unique story of inexplicable injustice and poverty, avarice and survival based on true family incidents that were revealed to the author in his youth.
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Peter Chiarella started life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in 1932. He was educated in the public school system and at St. John's University. Retired from the corporate world, Peter lives in Napa, California and enjoys the life of a gentleman farmer as a wine grape grower and vintner. He is married and has four children.
Despite the shame and disgrace brought upon his family by his great aunt's improprieties and his grandfather's two prison sentences, his grandmother's steadfast choices and enormous integrity placed a stamp of honor on the family that has been passed on to subsequent generations. It has allowed them to succeed as Americans and has endowed them with the courage to reveal the past.
The author's father grew up in Calabria, immigrating to the U.S. in 1920 at age 22. His mother grew up on the lower East Side of New York. Because his paternal grandmother lived with his immediate family, Peter needed to speak Italian to include Nonna in his conversations. Consequently, Peter grew up speaking and understanding Italian while internalizing what it means to be Italian.
For as long as they can remember, the author and his older brother felt the compulsion to reduce to writing the stories they heard and reheard over the years. Encouraged by his brother and other members of the family, Peter took on the task of writing "Calabrian Tales", reflecting on the struggle and compromises that past generations of his family endured in turn-of-the-century Italy. At times you will have to remind yourself that these are true stories with real people.Review:
"A most intriguing and compelling read." -- Joseph D. Sabella, MD
"Calabrian Tales" evokes the memory of stories I heard growing up among elder Italian immigrants." -- James L. D'Adamo, author of "The D'Adamo Diet"
"Twenty Two unforgettable personalities interplay in this picaresque page turner. Each one will fascinate you uniquely." -- Anthony Kilgallin, author of "Napa Valley Picture Perfect"
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