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The Long Italian Goodbye

The Long Italian Goodbye

Robert Benedetti
4/5 (3 ratings)
Joey is ten, an only child born of the Great Depression, weaned on the lustrous myths of his Italian neighborhood?s gangster past. Just Off Oakley is a fictionalized memoir set in 1948 on Chicago?s West Side. The neighborhood is a Tuscan village, which was transplanted whole from northern Italy thirty years before, complete with its food, its music, its traditions, and its strong sense of family. He doesn?t know it yet, but this s the year his family will move away from the neighborhood, away from the teachers, priests, and bullies who teach and torment him, away from the black factory workers who first awaken his sense of social justice, away from his kissing cousin Benita and his first stirrings of sexual desire and romantic love. He will learn that life is not what he had imagined, and that even the joy of a kiss is forever tinged with mortality. RECIPES INCLUDED.
Language
English
Pages
245
Format
Kindle Edition
Publisher
RB Press
Release
May 21, 2022

The Long Italian Goodbye

Robert Benedetti
4/5 (3 ratings)
Joey is ten, an only child born of the Great Depression, weaned on the lustrous myths of his Italian neighborhood?s gangster past. Just Off Oakley is a fictionalized memoir set in 1948 on Chicago?s West Side. The neighborhood is a Tuscan village, which was transplanted whole from northern Italy thirty years before, complete with its food, its music, its traditions, and its strong sense of family. He doesn?t know it yet, but this s the year his family will move away from the neighborhood, away from the teachers, priests, and bullies who teach and torment him, away from the black factory workers who first awaken his sense of social justice, away from his kissing cousin Benita and his first stirrings of sexual desire and romantic love. He will learn that life is not what he had imagined, and that even the joy of a kiss is forever tinged with mortality. RECIPES INCLUDED.
Language
English
Pages
245
Format
Kindle Edition
Publisher
RB Press
Release
May 21, 2022

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