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The Lady of the Wheel Paperback – April 1, 2012
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A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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* "Coniglio's work echoes of the great Sicilian writers of 'verismo', Giovanni Verga and Luigi Capuana.": Anthony Di Renzo, in the Italian Americana Journal (Spring 2014)
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The book did not let me down. You helped me visualize what Sicily was like at that time. The story is poignant and it holds your interest. I have passed it along to my mom. The Sicilian dialect my grandparents spoke came rushing back to me. When's your next book?
When American Booker T. Washington came to Sicily to compare the american slaves with the Sicilian farmers he said..“The Negro is not the man farthest down. The condition of the coloured farmer in the most backward parts of the Southern States of America, even where he has the least education and the least encouragement, is incomparably better than the condition and opportunities of the agricultural population in Sicily.”
The Lady of the Wheel La Ruotaia is a historically correct novel that brings to light how people like my grandparents could have been so brave to leave their country and families forever on a hope that things would be better. Were they brave or just so desperate that they were happy to be anywhere but there? You decide when you read this book.
As someone who has spent a considerable time researching my own Sicilian roots, I found true richness in gaining a better understanding of the struggles my ancestors endured. Mr. Coniglio writings demonstrate a deep respect and love for his culture.
I found great value through reading this and the experience added much more depth and context to my personal quest to learn as much as possible about my ancestors.
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I look inside a fictional family during the late 1800s, Sicily. Gave a real feel for what life and harsh economic times were like there during that time - and the sacrifices -... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Geraldine Berger
What a delight! What a great storyteller! You can feel the enjoyment of history and his love of family. I am on the edge of my seat for a sequel!Published 3 months ago by SarahElle
Actually deserves no stars. The hour you will spend reading this book will be mostly wasted. You can get all the information it provides in 5 minutes on the Internet. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edward R. Groszewski
I loved this book, I could feel the sadness and disparate conditions. I could feel the warmth of the sun and hope for a better life. Super read.Published 3 months ago by jill
I found this book as a result of my genealogical research in Sicily. I have ancestors who originated in the town of Racalmuto, and I am always interested in learning more about... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laura Krause
Very interesting novella. I am glad I read it. My relatives are from Mirabella Imbaccari Sicily.Published 8 months ago by Cookie Queen
Very interesting read & full of information especially if you come across a birth document that lists "unknown" .Published 10 months ago by N. Schierloh
T;his is a fine book for anyone whose family has immigrated to the USA. and especially for those of Sicilian heritage. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mert
Some good information here, but not much meat to the story.Published 12 months ago by Grace Ciliberti