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Italy Revisited: Conversations with My Mother
Guernica Editions, Fall 2009
326 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550712865
ISBN10: 1550712861
English
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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Taking an unconventional approach to autobiographical writing, this work serves as a double memoir, told in dialogue between a mother and a daughter. The conversation takes place in a medieval town high up in the Italian mountains, as the author, a Canadian writer, draws out her mother's childhood memories of life in southern Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. As they re-create that vanished world, the pair also finds greater understanding of the tumultuous relationships that sometimes exist between immigrant mothers and their children.

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