When the World Was Young
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In Chicago, in the summer of 1957, Italian immigrants Angela Rosa and Agostino Peccatori are caught between worlds, as they cling to old-country ways in an era of upending change. Angela Rosa must cope with the building tension—exacerbated by Agostino's wandering eye—of raising five U.S.-born children who are struggling to define themselves within a family rooted in old-world tradition. But the events of a single tragic evening are about to bring all of their lives to a sudden, irreversible standstill—as a once resilient family begins to unravel under a crushing burden of guilt. A poignant testament to the power of sacrifice, loyalty, and unconditional love, When the World Was Young is a stunning tale of one family's will to survive.
Praise For When the World Was Young: A Novel…
— Chicago Tribune
“Tony Romano can indeed write … When the World Was Young … is a multilayered, often dark and edgy saga.”
— Philadelphia Inquirer
The complexities and mysteries of familial bonds are brought into sharp, agonizing focus
— Chicago Sun-Times
“A low-key, compelling look at family love and betrayal set against an old-style immigrant drama”
— Kirkus Reviews
Harper Perennial, 9780060857936, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
About the Author
Tony Romano is the author of When the World Was Young and a two-time winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. His work has been produced on National Public Radio's Sound of Writing series and syndicated to newspapers nationwide.