Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: The Tale of Lucia Grandi by Susan Speranza

Book Description

 October 23, 2012
When an old woman is asked to tell the story of her life, she tells an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving a warring suburban family during the 1950s and '60s.

Written as a memoir, each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia's life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and her family. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.

Told in breathtakingly beautiful prose, this is a powerful and timeless story of a dying woman's courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it.

This book (under its former title of "My Life in Dogs, the Early Years") was a Quarter finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. It was also on the short list of finalists in the 2012 Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition.

                                                    MY REVIEW:

Lucia Grandi is a lady in a nursing home with the blessing age of 110, a young girl that is there to write an interview. They hook up and Lucia starts telling about her life. It is a long book but I loved every moment of it,I just wanted to take her away from her so called parents, they were so cruel, they shouldn't have kids...... I loved her grandfather, he reminded me of mine, I so wanted to give Lucia some honest love, she deserved, I so felt for her. This book is totally worth your time and I can't wait to read more from Susan.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful review of my book, The Tale of Lucia Grandi. So glad you liked it!