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From the best-selling author of The Obituary Writer, the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian-American family.


An Italian Wife is the extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi—her joys, sorrows, and passions, spanning more than seven decades. The novel begins in turn-of-the-century Italy, when fourteen-year-old Josephine, sheltered and naive, is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America, where she later joins him. Bound by tradition, Josephine gives birth to seven children. The last, Valentina, is conceived in passion, born in secret, and given up for adoption.

Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for her lost child, keeping her secret even as her other children go off to war, get married, and make their own mistakes. Her son suffers in World War One. One daughter struggles to assimilate in the new world of the 1950s American suburbs, while another, stranded in England, grieves for a lover lost in World War Two. Her granddaughters experiment with the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll in the 1970s. Poignant, sensual, and deeply felt, An Italian Wife is a sweeping and evocative portrait of a family bound by love and heartbreak.

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From the best-selling author of The Obituary Writer, the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian-American family.

An Italian Wife is the extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi—her joys, sorrows, and passions, spanning more than seven decades. The novel begins in turn-of-the-century Italy, when fourteen-year-old Josephine, sheltered and naive, is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America, where she later joins him. Bound by tradition, Josephine gives birth to seven children. The last, Valentina, is conceived in passion, born in secret, and given up for adoption.

Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for her lost child, keeping her secret even as her other children go off to war, get married, and make their own mistakes. Her son suffers in World War One. One daughter struggles to assimilate in the new world of the 1950s American suburbs, while another, stranded in England, grieves for a lover lost in World War Two. Her granddaughters experiment with the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll in the 1970s. Poignant, sensual, and deeply felt, An Italian Wife is a sweeping and evocative portrait of a family bound by love and heartbreak.

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subject_facetAdopted children -- Fiction
Adoption -- Fiction
Arranged marriage -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
Emigration and immigration -- Fiction
Families -- Fiction
Family life -- Fiction
Family secrets -- Fiction
Immigrants -- Fiction
Italian American families -- Fiction
Italian Americans -- Fiction
Large type books
Love stories
Secrets -- Fiction
title_displayAn Italian wife
title_fullAn Italian Wife
An Italian wife / Ann Hood
An Italian wife / by Ann Hood
An Italian wife [electronic resource] Hood, Ann, 1956-
An Italian wife [text (large print)] / Ann Hood
title_shortAn Italian wife
topic_facetAdopted children
Adoption
Arranged marriage
Emigration and immigration
Families
Family life
Family secrets
Fiction
Immigrants
Italian American families
Italian Americans
Literature
Secrets