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Vita: A Novel

Melania G. Mazzucco

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ISBN 10: 0374284954 / ISBN 13: 9780374284954
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2005
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2005,2005 As New Book, As New Unclipped jacket, Stated First American Edition 2005, First Printing 1,3,5,7,9,10,8,6,4,2 433 clean tight unmarked unread pages, book has light grey boards with 1/3 grey covered spine, gold embossed lettering and deco on the spine, jacket has a full jacke b/w illustration. Bookseller Inventory # 005034

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Title: Vita: A Novel

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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In April 1903, the steamship Republic spills more than two thousand immigrants onto Ellis Island. Among them are Diamante, age twelve, and Vita, nine, sent by their poor families in southern Italy to make their way in America. Amid the chaos and splendor of New York, the misery and criminality of Little Italy, and the shady tenants of Vita's father's decrepit Prince Street boarding house, Diamante and Vita struggle to survive, to create a new life, and to become American. From journeys west in search of work to journeys back to Italy in search of their roots, to Vita's son's encounter with his mother's home town while serving as an army captain in World War II, Vita touches on every aspect of the heartbreaking and inspiring immigrant story.

The award-winning Italian author Melania G. Mazzucco weaves her own family history into a great American novel of the immigrant experience. A sweeping tale of discovery, love, and loss, Vita is a passionate blend of biography and autobiography, of fantasy and fiction.

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"Vita is a kind of New World parable, putting an Italian accent on the larger story of immigrant assimilation. Loud with the noise of a society in the making, it is also attuned to the inevitable losses and sorrows that accompany that process . . . [Mazzucco is] a supple stylist with a strong sensory gift [and] her narrative has an engaged intensity." –Sven Birkerts, The New York Times Book Review

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