“Is there anyone who can write about the connections of ordinary people better than Ann Hood?” ~Jodi Picoult

On Wednesday November 12th at 6:30 the Stellina Author’s Night series welcomes Rhode Island native Ann Hood with her latest book “An Italian Wife”.

Ann has been on the New York Times bestseller list with titles such as “The Obituary Writer”, “The Knitting Circle” and “The Red Thread”. One of her many non-fiction titles, “Comfort: A Journey Through Grief” was a 2008 New York Times Editor’s Choice and one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top Ten Non-Fiction books of 2008.

Her latest is a novel about an Italian-American family newly arrived in Rhode Island in the late 1800’s and their struggle with homesickness and alienation, and the desire to be American as they try to stay connected to their culture and traditions.

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About An Italian Wife, from Ann’s website: “Over a dozen years ago I began writing stories about the Rimaldi’s, a fictional Italian-American family who, like my own Italian-American family, arrived in Rhode Island in the late 1800’s. The Rimaldi’s struggle with homesickness and alienation, and the desire to be American as they try to stay connected to their culture and traditions.

When I finished a Rimaldi story last year, I realized that I had over 300 pages about the family. I printed them, placed them in chronological order–spanning one hundred years!–wrote two more, and with great delight created a family saga that centers on Josephine Rimaldi and her children and grandchildren.

Josephine and her daughters and granddaughters seek love and acceptance, suffer loss and disappointment, live through wars and historical upheavals. But like all of us, they make their way–in family, in regret, in dreams, and desire. An Italian Wife is, really, everyone’s story.”

 

​”An Italian Wife is glorious.” 

Adriana Trigiani

Stellina Author’s Nights are free events. Hors d’oeuvres are served and a cash bar is available.

Attendees interested in staying after the event for dinner are encouraged to make reservations in advance.

Copies of Ann Hood’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Haley Booksellers.

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