The Italian Girl

The Italian Girl A true story of love loss and the mother daughter relationship across generations this biography describes Rebecca Huntley s search for her maternal grandmother s story Following the death of her I

  • Title: The Italian Girl
  • Author: Rebecca Huntley
  • ISBN: 9780702239182
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • A true story of love, loss, and the mother daughter relationship across generations, this biography describes Rebecca Huntley s search for her maternal grandmother s story Following the death of her Italian Nonna, Huntley discovers that there was much unknown about the kind hearted, quiet individual she thought she knew With evocative stories and tender honesty, HuntleyA true story of love, loss, and the mother daughter relationship across generations, this biography describes Rebecca Huntley s search for her maternal grandmother s story Following the death of her Italian Nonna, Huntley discovers that there was much unknown about the kind hearted, quiet individual she thought she knew With evocative stories and tender honesty, Huntley explores the young life of the woman who cooked masterfully and embroidered daily and those of the men and women in her family from Northern Queensland during World War II In the process, old issues with her own mother are awakened and the concept of what it really means to be a mother is contemplated.

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    1. For someone who doesn’t read much memoir, I seem to have read quite a few of them lately! Rebecca Huntley’s The Italian Girl interested me because it’s billed as the story of an Italian woman who ran the family sugar-cane farm while her husband was interned as an ‘enemy alien’ during WW2. As you can see from comments on my recent post about The Complete Book of Heroic Australian Women, I’m interested in reading more about the role of women in our history, and I liked the sound of thi [...]

    2. Lightweight, superficial; 'It's all about me' - not the author's Nonna. Did the author really discover her heritage by the end, but I missed it? Started reading this book several times then gave it away.

    3. [Posted on my website.]The issues in this book - alien internment in Australia in WWII, family relationships, honesty in dealings with people - have a much greater relevance than the Ballini family of FNQ. Somehow, I am left with the impression that the book is almost exclusively about the author's relationship with and discovery of the Ballinis. Perhaps it is the too-much detail in the description of the author's day, lunch, drive or preparations that anchors the significance of the text to the [...]

    4. I was really disappointed. I found the author to be a bit flippant and overall it oscillated between being a pretty lightweight read or a text, not delivering what it had promised.

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