All This Talk of Love: A Novel by Christopher Castellani

By Christopher Castellani

It’s been fifty years considering Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and taken her to the United States. That used to be the final time she observed her mom and dad, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and enjoyed within the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees little need to open the door to the earlier and enable the emotional luggage and unmended rifts of one other existence spill out.

But Prima was once raised at the lore of the previous state. And as she sees her mom and dad getting older, she hatches the assumption to take the complete family members again to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena along with her estranged sister and allow her mom and dad see their native land one final time. it's an concept that threatens to rip the Grasso kin aside, until eventually destiny offers them a few unwelcome surprises, and their journey domestic turns into an important trip.

All This speak of Love is an incandescent novel approximately sacrifice and desire, loss and love, delusion and memory.

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He showed up this morning and directed Olindo, the newest manager, to open the drapes in the private dining room to let in the light, but if Antonio hadn’t shown up and the drapes stayed closed, the Al Di Là would have made just as much profit. Each day when Antonio walks down Union Street, through the neighborhood once filled with Italians, he doesn’t recognize the faces. They’re all strangers, the men on the sidewalks and the young women leaning out the windows, and he is the last man standing from an era that matters to no one.

Asks Matt. ” “Really? OK, hold on. ” “You’re buying a boat,” says Maddalena. She’s sitting up straight in her chair, ready to be proud of what her daughter can afford. “Nope,” Tom says. ” “You bought both those plots in Greenville,” Maddalena guesses again. ” “Colder,” says Tom. “We’re selling that lot for a nice little profit, by the way. ” “This news involves us all,” Prima says. ” Maddalena narrows her eyes. ” she says. “Don’t tell me you’re moving somewhere far. You can’t go chasing your kids — ” “No, of course not,” says Prima.

Maddalena Piccinelli Grasso and her mother talk every day. For ten minutes after Mass each morning, Maddalena stays and talks to her, and then at night, while Antonio sleeps, she A ll T h is Ta lk of Lov e ' 43 writes her letters. One a month. From the day she arrived in America, Maddalena’s been writing to her. She keeps the pages — hundreds now — hidden in the back of the middle drawer in her dresser of fabrics. After she’s gone, her kids will find the pages and think she was crazy most of her life.

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