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IN THE GARDEN OF PAPA SANTUZZU

Ardizzone, Tony

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ISBN 10: 0312203071 / ISBN 13: 9780312203078
Published by Picador, New York, 1999
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Title: IN THE GARDEN OF PAPA SANTUZZU

Publisher: Picador, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Softcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu is a magical, warm, and wise novel about a close-knit family's immigration from Sicily to America in the early 1900s.  The Girgentis are poor Sicilian farm laborers who endure back-breaking work in the fields of a tyrannical landlord.  Wanting more for their children and grandchildren than a lifetime of servitude, Papa Santuzzu and his wife Adriana push their seven sons and daughters, one by one, to immigrate to La Merica, a land of promise and opportunity.  In each chapter of Tony Ardizzone's loving tribute to Sicilian American culture, the Girgenti siblings tell us about the family and friends they have left behind in Sicily, the trials of their passage to New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and the uncertain, yet ultimately satisfying lives they build in their adopted home.  We meet Rosa Dolci, a young bride who leaves Sicily with the help of three witches and an enchanted eel.  Teresa Pantaluna escapes her Sicilian family, in which she is the eighty-nine-thousandth seven-hundred-and-twenty-sixth daughter, by dressing in men's clothing and sailing to America.  Gaetanu Girgenti and his wife Teresa participate in the birth of a factory workers' union in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  In a New York City orphanage, Anna Girgenti experiences seven miraculous visions of the Virgin Mary in the form of the Black Madonna.  And Gerlando Cavadduzzo introduces his Chicago neighbors to the sensual delights of Sicilian baking.  Interwoven throughout their tales are the traditional folklore and songs of Sicily.  In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu is a rich and vibrant novel about the stories families tell each other, stories that make up a deeply personal and a common history.

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A native of Chicago, Tony Ardizzone is the author of five previous books of fiction, including Heart of the Order and Larabi's Ox: Stories of Morocco. His work has received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, the Friends of Literature's Chicago Foundation Award for Fiction, and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, among other honors.

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