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Birds of Passage

274 pages
Harvard Square Editions
Birds of Passage An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story
What turns the gentle mean and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York's streets were paved with violence and disappointment.
Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is an American of Italian parents. She's ambitious but strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo vie for her affection.
Azzura Leonardo and Carlo confront con men Tammany Hall politicians the longshoreman's union Camorra clans Black Hand extortion and the Tombs prison.