Sometimes I Dream in Italian
By Rita Ciresi
(Delta, Paperback, 9780385334945, 224pp.)
Publication Date: November 6, 2001
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Angel Lupo grew up in a traditional Italian home — an exclusive club where Mama’s word was everything ... and where nice girls saved themselves for marriage. All Angel wanted was to be movie-star blond, change her name, and get as much attention as her prettier older sister Lina.
Now Angel is nearing thirty, penning Catholic greeting cards for a living, and still jealous of her sister, who has a house in the suburbs, two kids, and a husband who loves her. So Angel does the next best thing: She answers a personal ad.
Dirk Diederhoff is blond, teaches at Vassar, and is definitely not Italian. Nor is he the thrill-a-minute lover and soul mate Angel prays for. But as Lina, recklessly embarked on an affair of her own, would tell her: There are no perfect tens out there — only men who want you to talk to them in Italian during sex.
The award-winning author of Pink Slip gets the rituals and rhythms of domestic life just right in Sometimes I Dream in Italian, a bittersweet comedy about sisters, lovers, and a family that doesn’t quite translate.
Rita Ciresi is the author of Mother Rocket, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novels Pink Slip and Blue Italian. She lives with her husband and daughter in Florida.
“Poignant ... an old-fashioned tale about girls with old-fashioned dreams ... Angel and Lina will charm the reader.”
— USA Today
“Simultaneously blunt and artful ... Ciresi has a lovely ear for dialogue and the ability to nail the details in descriptions that are both funny and painfully accurate.”
— The New York Times Book Review
“Rita Ciresi has done it again. She’s written a book of fiction that wraps hopes and fears and lonesomeness and togetherness and gladness into one funny story after another.”
— Tampa Tribune-Times
“Precisely crafted and compelling ... honest and witty.”
— St. Petersburg Times
Also By Rita Ciresi:
“This is Jane Austen in New York at the end of the 20th century.... Ciresi mixes the tragic and the comic aspects of love in hilarious fashion.”
— Tampa Tribune-Times
“Biting humor ... tactile prose ... a vibrant tableau of marriage’s imperfections and redemptions.”
— Entertainment Weekly
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