As a little girl, I sat in my grandmother's kitchen and listened to her chant the spells that cast out the headaches and the heartaches of the women of the neighborhood who sought her help. Years later, I discovered a different kind of my grandmother’s magic—a packet of letters written in the same limpid Italian that had mesmerized me in childhood. Those letters became the seeds from which my first novel, Dancing on Sunday Afternoons, emerged, nurtured by forays into the unrelenting sunshine of southern Italy and nourished by my own memories of growing up Italian in America.
Someone once asked me if I had learned the spells from my grandmother. While I didn’t become a healer in the sense that she was, I hope that I am casting my own magic with the stories that I tell.
A Special Gift for You and Your Family
Twenty-five years ago, when my husband and I first moved our family to Germany, I wrote and illustrated a special book for my children as a Christmas gift. I decided to share it this year because I thought it might resonate with other families who are facing changes in their lives.
As we head into the rich but often intense season of the winter holidays, I hope you will take a few moments to savor The Smallest Christmas Tree with your family.
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Praise for Across the Table
“With its realistically complex characters, persuasive plot anchored around life’s joys and sorrows, and abundance of lusciously described food, Across the Table is a splendidly nourishing tale.”
--John Charles, Chicago Tribune