Laura Valeri Safe in Your Head

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Safe in Your Head

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Safe in Your Head is an epic story about war and love. It's about the ambitions that haunt us through decades as the ghosts of our ancestors thrive in our dreams, memories, and our most cherished hopes. Ever since he was a boy, Vittorio wanted to live in America. He remembers cases of chocolate and peanut butter dropping in parachutes from the sky. He remembers American military camps ringing with rock and roll. Then in 1978, as an adult and father of three, Vittorio moves his family to New York to escape the chaos that is Italy under the terrorism of the Red Brigades. But his mother in-law, Liliana, will have to wrestle with the most devastating loss since the death of her husband, Giorgio, who was a resistance fighter.  Liliana must face again a wrenching loss so many decades after Giorgio's death when Vittorio takes her daughter and her grand-children to America.  The family will all try to adapt to their new lives, honoring the past through recipes, and their belief in magic and good luck. And still they are haunted by the one decision that Giorgio took upon himself so long ago.. [Contains original cooking recipes and ancient good luck charms.]

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Here is an excerpt from an interview with author Susanna Ives on susannaives.com.  How do ideas from short stories come to you? Do you have defined short story writing process?
It's always kind of mystifying how short stories come to me.  Most of the time it's in the form of an image, and most of the time, this image usually contains the ending.  But that's not true of every story.  For example, when I sat down to write "Furniture" it was after a long period of frustration with writing.  I was trying to plan my stories ahead of time, and I felt emotionally and creatively exhausted from trying to do that.  So I decided that for a period of time I was just going to write focused on language.  I must have had some memory lurking in the back of my head, surely, when I began writing, but what I remember is that I had planned on not planning a story, but to simply focus on the sentence.  By the time I wrote the last image of the 80-year old ballerina skater in Central Park, I knew that I had found the story.
By contrast, "The Things We Own Make Us Safe," which is about a little girl winning  an athletic competition almost by accident, came to me during meditation.  I do a basic form of Vipassana, which requires that you try not to engage your thoughts, but rather concentrate on your breath.  Obviously, I wasn't succeeding, but I was relaxed enough that it suddenly occurred to me that I had a story.  That mix up at the athletic competition was something that had happened to me, but the thing is that there is a big difference between writing about what happened to you and writing a short story.  There has to be an angle. And I didn't have that angle when I was in my "normal" conscious state.  Then, during meditation, I remembered  the picture that my coach took of the winning girl who was supposed to be me but wasn't me, and because I was in a relaxed, meditative state, I had an insight about how it was meaningful, or rather, how that image of the wrong girl on the podium was exactly that: an image, something more evocative than the picture it describes.   From there, i began to see various thematic threads that I could weave into the event.  I then had my angle.  I think in that case I actually heard the ending in my head.  Sometimes that happens. Sometimes I hear the narrative voice very clearly. It's not exactly like a hallucination.  It's more like those experiences that everybody has of hearing an annoying tune in your head and not being able to stop it from playing.  That's how the "voices" of narrative come to me: they are very clear and persistent, and I usually have no control over them.  But overall, I find that writing short stories is still an elusive and often maddening process. I don't have a method. If I did, I probably would be more prolific.

Nonna's real name is Lily, a fragrant flower, a sweet intoxication of yellows, but the children know her only as Nonna who every winter rides the train from Poimbino to Livorno, from Livorno to Milan, clutching a hard-skinned suitcase the color of grief that bumps against her weak knee while the yellows of her paisley dress twine about her large girth. Nonna of the light step, of the vigor of laughter, Nonna at the door, wrapped in a rush of hugs, a chiming of joyful cries.

Excerpted from "Nonna"
susannaives.com/wordpress/2013/08/laura-valeri-talks-about-her-short-story-collection-safe-in-your-head/

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Valeri has created a deft and delicate collection of short stories, illustrating how the ramifications of an Italian man's political decision at the outbreak of World War II rippled down the generations of his family  Valeri is an artist of prose.  Like most retelling of family stories, her tales weave forward and backward in time, shaping characters who are desperate to raise above their circumstances, but incapable of escaping their history.

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