Vita

Vita

A Novel

Book - 2005
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After arriving at Ellis Island, two poor children from Southern Italy, Diamante, age twelve, and Vita, age nine, struggle to survive in New York City amid the poverty, opportunity, and crime of Little Italy.

McMillan Palgrave
In April 1903, the steamship Republic spills more than two thousand immigrants onto Ellis Island. Among them are Diamante, age twelve, and Vita, nine, sent by their poor families in southern Italy to make their way in America. Amid the chaos and splendor of New York, the misery and criminality of Little Italy, and the shady tenants of Vita's father's decrepit Prince Street boarding house, Diamante and Vita struggle to survive, to create a new life, and to become American. From journeys west in search of work to journeys back to Italy in search of their roots, to Vita's son's encounter with his mother's home town while serving as an army captain in World War II, Vita touches on every aspect of the heartbreaking and inspiring immigrant story.

The award-winning Italian author Melania G. Mazzucco weaves her own family history into a great American novel of the immigrant experience. A sweeping tale of discovery, love, and loss, Vita is a passionate blend of biography and autobiography, of fantasy and fiction.


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After arriving at Ellis Island, two poor children from Southern Italy--Diamante, age twelve, and Vita, age nine--struggle to survive in New York City amid the poverty, opportunity, and crime of Little Italy.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374284954
0374284954
Characteristics: 433 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Jewiss, Virginia

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alleycat Mar 19, 2008

A very solid and well-written novel translated from the Italian .... filled with unforgettable moments and characters.

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