Today the world celebrates the International Women’s Day and in Italy many donne will receive the mimosa, a yellow flower that symbolizes the woman’s strength and femininity. It looks like the mimosa was chosen by Italian women right after the end of WW2, because it is one of the few plants to be in bloom in early March.
Buona festa della donna to all women around the world!
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Muggia, a small town in the outskirts of Trieste, is well known for its Carnival parade. For the past 61 years, 8 teams have competed to win the contest, and every year they attract thousands of people that patiently await at the sides of the main street to see the dances and jokes of the participants in disguise. It is a fun event, with music, dances and good food. And, as usual, it is a chance to meet friends and spend some cheerful moments together.
In the wake of my blog posts about beautiful Sicily, it is my pleasure to introduce Carmela Cattuti’s latest book “Between the cracks”, a novel based on real events happened in Sicily more than one hundred years ago.
Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mr. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America. Join Angela Lanza as she traverses the tumultuous landscape of Sicily and New York.
Carmela Cattuti started her writing career as a journalist for the Somerville News in Boston, MA. After she finished her graduate work in English Literature from Boston College she began to write creatively and taught a journal writing course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education As fate would have it, she felt compelled to write her great aunt’s story. “Between the Cracks” has gone through several incarnations and will now become a trilogy. This is the first installment.