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Mamma Mia!

Good Italian Girls Talk Back

Maria McLean

288 pages
Ecw Press
Growing up a second-generation Italian woman in Canada is not as easy as it looks. In fact, it requires the keeping of secrets, the telling of lies, the casting of curses, and the patience of a saint. Here 20 Italian-Canadian women share their stories — some comic, some tragic, some nostalgic, all true — about living a double life with a private/public split personality. Intimate, inspiring, brave, and confessional, these tales reveal women old enough to reminisce yet young enough to revolutionize. Balancing between the Old Country and the new, a respect for tradition and the need to break with it, this collection is a rare and surprising blend of humour and candor that promises the perfect conversation-starter. Mamma mia, what will they dare say next?
Author Bio

Maria Coletta McLeanis a graduate of York University and vice president of her family's 50 year-old business, The Columbia Coffee Co. This mother of six lives north of Toronto.