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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

All My Fallen Angelas

by (author) Gianna Patriarca

Publisher
Inanna Publications
Initial publish date
May 2015
Category
Short Stories (single author), Contemporary Women, Cultural Heritage
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771332774
    Publish Date
    May 2015
    List Price
    $22.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771332781
    Publish Date
    Apr 2016
    List Price
    $45.00

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All My Fallen Angelas is a collection of stories inspired by the lives of Italian-Canadian women living in Toronto from the 1960s to the present. The stories document their strength and resilience, their power and vulnerability as the women move in community that allowed their presence in shops, factories, and churches, but offered them little else for entertainment and self-exploration outside of their families. The stories cover a wide range of women's experiences from loneliness; disappointment; mothering; marriages, arranged and not arranged, that were loving, simply stable, or violent. As a whole, the book provides the reader with a sense of Toronto's Italian immigrant community in its urban landscape, housing, social life, work and education options. The stories are the work of a raconteur who has been listening carefully to a wide range of women who shared their feelings in the kitchens and basements of their lives when the men were not around, when they were asleep or otherwise occupied. Each story ends on an ambiguous or poignant note that invokes the reader's imagination. These stories are not simply accounts of women's lives. They are literature: often humourous, sometimes tragic, and eternally human.

About the author

Gianna is an award-winning author of 8 books of poetry, a children’s book and a collection of short fiction. Her work is extensively anthologized, adapted for Canada Stage and CBC radio drama. Her books appear on the course list of universities in Canada, USA and Italy and is featured in numerous documentaries. Italian Women and Other Tragedies is in its 4th printing and has been translated into Italian. Her other works include All My Fallen Angelas(Ianna Publications, 2016), To the Men Who Write Goodbye Letters (Ianna, 2020) and This Way Home (Guernica, 2021). Forthcoming are her children's story (Second Story Press, 2022) and her novel The Sicilian's Bride.

 

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