I began reading the Tale of Lucia Grandi and right away I was intrigued by Lucia’s story and her life. She lead a tragedy of a childhood but somehow managed to overcome the tragedy and live to a ripe old age of 100+ years! What an amazing example of being able to get through the trauma of life. Being especially sensitive to traumas myself this reminded me that yes, my brother, dad and best friend have all died within a very short time period but I have more life to lead and it’s time for me to live it! Inspirational! I will definitely be wanting to read any books that Susan Speranza has written as well. This was eloquently written and timeless in it’s appeal! Thank you for such a great piece of fiction. And keep reading for the giveaway!
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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
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.
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About Susan Speranza
…I was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island where I had an
interesting and creative childhood. Once in college, I studied Psychology
and Philosophy, but since “thinking” didn’t translate into earning money or
job security, I worked at a variety of different and unrelated jobs both in
New York City and on Long Island.
In order to keep me sane through all the craziness of life, I spent my
spare time writing. Anything and everything. The culmination of this was a
fantasy – The City of Light – which has recently been reissued as an ebook.
I took up the hobby of dog showing and breeding and produced many Pekingese
Champions. You can see them over at our Castlerigg Pekingese website.
Somewhere in the middle of my life so far, after a great personal upheaval,
I went back to school, became a High School Librarian. I managed to fulfill
my childhood dream of living in the country when I finally escaped suburbia
and moved to Vermont where I now happily live with my beautiful Pekes.
But I’ve never stopped writing.
My biography (as with my life, I hope) is to be continued…
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