• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 3, 2013)
Italy, 1905. Fourteen-year-old Lucia and her young mother, Teresa, are servants in a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples, where Teresa soothes their unhappy mistress with song. But volatile tempers force them to flee, exchanging their warm, gilded cage for the cold winds off Lake Erie and Cleveland’s restless immigrant quarters.
With a voice as soaring and varied as her moods, Teresa transforms herself into the Naples Nightingale on the vaudeville circuit. Clever and hardworking, Lucia blossoms in school until her mother’s demons return, fracturing Lucia’s dreams.
Yet Lucia is not alone in her struggle for a better life. All around her, friends and neighbors, new Americans, are demanding decent wages and working conditions. Lucia joins their battle, confronting risks and opportunities that will transform her and her world in ways she never imagined.
Pamela Schoenewaldt lived for ten years in a small townoutside Naples, Italy. She visited Opi, where her novel When We Were Strangers opens on cross-country skiing trips and was inspired by its solemn beauty, isolation and the reserved pride of its people. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy, and the U.S. Her play “Espresso con mia madre” (Espresso with My Mother) was produced at Teatro Cilea, Naples. Pamela Schoenewaldt taught writing at the University of Maryland, European Division, and at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband, Maurizio Conti—a medical physicist, and their dog, Jesse—a philosopher.
Pamela’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, September 3rd: Lavish Bookshelf
Tuesday, September 3rd: Excellent Library
Wednesday, September 4th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, September 9th: West Metro Mommy
Tuesday, September 10th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, September 11th: BookNAround
Thursday, September 12th: Reflections of a Bookaholic
Monday, September 16th: Book-alicious Mama
Tuesday, September 17th: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Thursday, September 18th: BoundbyWords
Monday, September 28th: Books in the Burbs