About the Author
Maria Marchese Sciortino was born in Sciacca, Sicily, Italy in 1938. Three months after her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Alphonso in 1961, she immigrated to Brooklyn, New York where she raised her two sons and worked as a dressmaker. 44 years later, Maria has 6 grandchildren and enjoys writing about her life in modern America and old world Italy. She is now retired and divides her time between her home in Staten Island and Naples, Florida.