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About the Author

Theresa C. Dintino is the author of Stories They Told Me, a novel of Shamanism and Goddess Spirituality set in Minoan Crete and Ode to Minoa, the odyssey of a Snake Priestess in Bronze Age Crete. Her great-grandmother was a Strega. This book is based on the true story of her great-grandparents. http://www.thestregaandthedreamer.com

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  • File Size: 981 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Theresa C.Dintino; 1 edition (September 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095JXCD4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Theresa C. Dintino is an ancestral Strega (Italian wise woman), earth worker, and initiated diviner. For more than 20 years Theresa has studied and practiced an earth-based spirituality. In 2011, she was initiated as a diviner in a West African tradition. She currently helps others reclaim their personal lineages through her divination work.
Theresa is the author of The Strega and the Dreamer, a work of historical fiction based in the true story of her great grandparents, and Ode to Minoa and Stories They Told Me, two novels exploring the life of a snake priestess in Bronze Age Crete. For more on Theresa or her work, visit thestregaandthedreamer.com and ritualgoddess.com

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Theresa Dintino eloquently tells the story of her great-grandparents' lives in Italy and in America. It's a poignant saga interweaving all the themes that make novels great: love, hate, death, birth, romance, marriage, family, fear, betrayal, revenge, forgiveness, and loss. What captivated me the most was Dintino's descriptions of the challenging lives of these heroes, that are all-too-often disparagingly called immigrants. Their personal sacrifice was nothing short of awe-inspiring. I read the book twice, Dintino's storytelling was so compelling. Eva and Marcello are the protagonists, but this novel is large in its scope. Intertwined within the story is what happened to midwives and traditional healing techniques at the turn of the last century. It would make a fantastic movie or TV series since there are many intriguing ancillary characters. Reading this beautifully written book will restore your faith in how goodness and kindness must always triumph in the end.
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I love this book. As I finished reading it, my tears were flowing... In "The Strega and the Dreamer," Theresa Dintino has raised a deeply nuanced and complex set of powerful and poignant issues. Also, the structure of the book is very effective: As she weaves the shuttle of the story back and forth--both in time and between two continents--the increasingly vital background information keeps deepening our knowledge of who these characters truly are. Especially during the beginning years chronically the initial separation, I love the way she moves back and forth between Eva and Marcello; giving both of their viewpoints and their emotional investments in their separate decisions; delineating their individual motivations as well as their mutual love; showing that no one is "the villain" in this story... I deeply appreciate the way she portrays both her female and male characters and the partnership-based relationships between men and women. I love Leon! and, of course, Marcello--his father's son, for sure...

The book just keeps getting better and better...like a fan unfolding and bringing in more and more pivotal insights. And the ending--though bittersweet--is one that provides unmistakable hope for the future. (Like the brambles that were cut back for the railroad: growing back again, producing their succulent berries...) Indeed, the resurgence of midwifery and home birthing with the feminist movement in the late 20th century bears this out. Not to mention the re-emergence of Wicca and paganism! I'm sure Dintino's great-grandmother is very proud of her for picking up the Strega torch again in new/old ways. These ancient traditions can never die...they just go to Mother Earth and lie dormant for awhile--until the seeds can sprout and flower once again...
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The Strega and the Dreamer by Theresa Dintino brings you along on a journey to the new world and all of its challenges. With one foot in two different worlds, the characters in this book deal with the complexities of immigrating to a new world and a completely different culture. Read this book, you will enjoy the journey.
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I loved this story for many reasons and here are four of them 1) The way that Dintino imagines the life and practices of a strega (witch/healer) in rural Italy as part of an ancient Dianic tradition--I can still picture Eva praying in the grotto and gathering herbs in the countryside with her strega mentor Giuliana 2) The vivid portrayal of how differently an Italian male laboror and his healer wife experience immigration to America and how that affects their marriage. 3) Dintino's fascinating insight into the historical moment when the "male" profession of doctor began to dominate and extirpate the "female" profession of midwife/healer, including how Eva herself is caught between the opposing paradigms of traditional peasant healing and modern medicine 4) Eating the Mountain! I have a mountain behind my house and I have established a new meditation practice ever since I read about Eva's "eating" Mount Monadnock.

This book fed me on so many different levels- intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. It is a work of anthropology, history, and gender studies wrapped up in an absorbing novel about life and love.
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The Strega and the Dreamer is a thoughtful story with likable characters who dealt with issues of racism against immigrants, women's rights, and superstitions in medicine and religion. The story follows an Italian midwife as she tries to support her family after her husband has gone ahead of her to make a home for them in America in the late 1800's and then their trials as their family adapts to the "scientific", Puritan-Protestant America. This story captivated me with the characters' hope, love, and determination to make a better life for themselves and the world around them.
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I was not prepared for how good a read this book was. In saying that, it could have been so much better with a good editor. It wasn't just the typos that were a problem, but I felt that whole sections of the book might have been altered to give it a much better flow. Regardless, I am giving it 4 stars for the power of its message, even though that message may not have been singular in nature.
The story is about an Italian family which emigrates to the United States around the beginning of the 20th century. Chapters are told from different points of view, from different characters and often involve jumping backwards in time. This sometimes becomes difficult but generally the characters are developed well enough that one can follow these chapters without difficulty. One thing which I didn't especially enjoy was the title. While it was clear who the strega was in the book,(and in actuality the book has two,) but by the end, I was still not sure who the dreamer was. Is it the man who brings his family to the new world hoping for a better life? Is it the young doctor who is hoping for the enlightenment of science, medicine and mankind? There are too many characters in the book to narrow it down to two title characters.
There are many interesting herbal concoctions given in the book which, it would appear, seem like formidable formulae for various maladies. While I am not sure of their authenticity, I did some basic research into a few of them and discovered that they might have been used as early 20th century herbal medicines and tonics. Whether they were effective or not is, of course, a more interesting and different discussion, but the author has certainly done more than casual research on the subject.
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