Safe in Your Head (Paperback)

By Laura Valeri

Stephen F. Austin University Press, 9781622880119, 140pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2013

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A  middle class Italian family finds reason to immigrate to America when  Italy is threatened by the Red Brigades’ terrorist movement of the  1970s. The family patriarch manages a transfer to the United States,  certain of better prospects and of a more secure future for his family,  but each of the family members experiences a deeper kind of upheaval,  negotiating personal losses and estrangement. A grandmother, a mother,  and a granddaughter each discovers the many insidious ways in which war  warps and defines life, even at a distance of decades.

About the Author

LAURA VALERI is the author of numerous works of fiction, memoirs, essays on craft and poems. Her debut collection of short stories The Kind of Things Saints Do was the winner of the Iowa/John Simmons Award. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MFA from Florida International University.  She lives in Savannah Georgia with her husband Joel Caplan, and she is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.