A strong, moving family drama set around an Italian-American family who has issues dealing with the outside world and with each other.
Spanning generations, the Grasso family has a lot going on amongst their own family, not to mention trying to get back to Italy for one last visit. The personalities of all of the family members are well-defined and strong in their own way and the way the characters interact with each other is timeless and is reminiscent of typical family relations. Each of the fully developed characters are realistic and engaging. Some family secrets that are hidden for years emerge and there is nothing phony or fake about the repercussions.
Not the best family drama story ever written, but a deeply-engaging story nonetheless.
The book is available for check out at the Niles Public Library!