Dancing on Sunday Afternoons (Paperback)
Bellastoria Press Llp, 9781942209331, 344pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
"I had two husbands. . . . I am surrounded by the things Salvatore gave me or did for me. But, God forgive me, as I lie alone now in my bed, it is Paolo I remember."
The discovery of long-hidden love letters leads New York caterer Cara Serafini on a journey to understanding her formidable grandmother, Giulia Fiorillo. Born in a mountain village in southern Italy, the spirited Giulia arrives at the age of sixteen in a rough New York immigrant neighborhood at the beginning of the twentieth century, forced from the comforts and constrictions of her family by the fierce drive of her mother. In America, Giulia faces not only an inhospitable culture but also violence in the family and in the streets, shattering loss and a love that shapes her whole life.