- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: Legas; first edition (April 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881901866
- ISBN-13: 978-1881901860
- Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* "Reading The Lady of the Wheel, I was reminded of the realistic works of Sicilian writer Giovanni Verga . . . a compelling narrative about the atrocious living conditions that forced so many Sicilians to migrate to other parts of the world. . . an important contribution to the Italian American narrative in the U.S." - Dr. Kenneth Scambray, in the newspaper L'Italo-Americano (October 2013).
* "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)
From the Author
In my retirement from engineering and teaching, I took up a search for my roots in Sicily. The genealogical research I have done to identify my ancestors and those of Sicilian American friends exposed much about the lives of ordinary citizens of Sicily in the 1800s and early 1900s. Finding an original record of an abandoned child who was taken in by a woman who herself had been a foundling inspired me to write this fictional story about a similar situation.
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Many of these foundlings who did survive emigrated to the US and elsewhere; they became our grandparents and our great-grandparents who never spoke of their birth or early life, leaving it to those of us who now want to know to find the answers.
The Lady of the Wheel is a fascinating tale of a time and place that will interest any reader of history. It’s particularly important, however, for those of us who can trace our DNA back to this enchanting land of beauty and darkness called Sicily.
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.
Coniglio presents this sad fact of life in the empoverished land in a drama based on factual accounts. Great insight into the tribulations of 19th century life among poor Sicilian peasants.
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?