GOODBYE TO Italia by Marisa Parker is an award-winning book with three international awards, 5-star ratings and great reviews
- 2018 - The Reader's Favourite Annual Bronze Award
- 2017 - The Reader's Favourite Five Star Award (5/5 from five reviewers) and,
- 2017 - An indie B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree.
Below is an excerpt from reviewer Jack Magnus:
"Marisa Parker's nonfiction biography (of her Italian parents), Goodbye to Italia, is a compelling and invaluable look at the impact of the Second World War on the citizens of Torino, Italy as well as a moving first-hand account of a prisoner of war's experiences for almost afull decade of his life. I've long been interested in first-hand accounts of the war and found so much in this book that I hadn't known about before. The reader is also privileged to experience the cultural life of Italy in the nineteen-forties, especially as it relates to those who lived with the bombings, food shortages and other privations of war. Parker's stories are beautifully told with those of Mariolina and Eugenio interleafing and paralleling each other's experiences so well. The photographs that Parker includes in this book are marvelous!"
About the Author
Ciao! Myname is Marisa Parker. I am the middle daughter of Eugenio Piergiovanni andMaria Martore. My parents lived in Italy during World War II but with an agegap of thirteen years, they had such different experiences. In "GOODBYE TO Italia",an award-winning debut book published in 2016, alternating chapters recountmamma's journey as a frightened but stoic child amid the cold, hunger andbombings. In contrast, my father, is a cocky young soldier, who is captured andincarcerated in African Prisoner of War camps for six years.
The sequel, "Ciao! WE'RE IN AFRICA" published in 2018, follows my parents,once they marry and decide to risk everything, by leaving Italy for Africa; itis a land of adventure and hopefully, where they will make their fortune.
I currently live in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia with my husband. Wehave two grown up daughters who were born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), the land ofmy birth. In 2011, I completed a university Master's degree whilst working fulltime.I hope you enjoy the many resources available on my website page (including the first two chapters for free download) or sign-up for my newsletter from my Marisa Parker Author website.