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A Kiss from Maddalena Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2004
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The road through Santa Cecilia is "one of the widest in Italy." When Italy joins the Allies, it becomes a conduit for German invasion, causing the Santa Ceciliese to leave for more remote places. Vito stays to care for his chronically ill mother. He and Maddalena share a poignant parting, amid tears and promises. During their two-year separation, they continue to believe that they will be reunited, with her family's approval. Vito sets out to ingratiate himself to the Piccinellis in their absence by refurbishing their house, which has been ravaged by soldiers. When they return, Maddalena's mother, Chiara, says, "I am grateful ... but it's too much ... I don't like when people do things for me; I don't like the obligation. I don't trust anyone anymore." She does find it in her heart to trust one man with her daughter, however, and it isn't Vito.
Castellani's debut carries echoes of other love and war stories, such as Chocolat, Birdsong, and Corelli's Mandolin. It is a tribute to his Italian-American roots, capturing time, place and circumstance in broad strokes, but also rendering the subtleties of hope and expectation, longing and despair. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The two main characters of the book are real flesh and blood people, and the reader cannot help but love them both. Readers will immediately develop a soft spot for Vito; he is the epitome of goodness. He unselfishly cares for his mentally ill mother even though it means putting his own life and ambitions on hold, he will do anything for anyone, and he deserves to be loved by someone as good as Maddalena. Readers will sympathize with Maddalena as well, a girl who wants to please everyone yet also wants to be happy. Throughout the work readers will hope that she is able to follow her heart.
Though the book is an old fashioned love story, it is never sentimental, and it does not follow conventional twists.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked up the sequel to this book (The Saint Of Lost Things) on a whim at my local bookstore, not knowing it was part of a series. Read morePublished 15 months ago by April Acuña
This story was slow going and definitely had a twist end . Maybe the cultural differences made this hard to relate to. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sharon
A beautiful story. Poignant and melancholy. Very well written, especially for a first effort. Eager to read his next bookPublished 18 months ago by Carol Reynolds
A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani
The first book in the series about an Italian family. Read more
I liked this book, but less than Castellani's first one because it semeemed to drag and some strings were left untied. The war the Germans, Musolini, etc. I. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
amazing story positive of ITALIAN HARD working. not a mop and killing representationPublished 23 months ago by Mishu
I loved this trilogy so much I just sent all three to my sister's Kindle as a birthday present!!!Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer