A resilient and witty story of fate, free will and superstition by an award-winning author.
As the daughter of Southern Italian immigrants joined by an arranged marriage, Fantetti grew up witnessing and weathering the devastating consequences of her mother’s schizophrenia. Moving to the other side of the country to escape the constant turmoil, Fantetti casts a canny eye on her painful childhood through writing and performing stand-up comedy. When her dad develops depression, a host of long-buried ancestral beliefs spring forward—like the three witches of the Macbeth — Mal’occhio, Maledictions and Stregheria — Fantetti blends old customs with new traditions in an ancient and modern pot to heal a fractured self; studying the sky for planetary alignment; consulting her trusty tarot deck for guidance and visiting her dad’s psychic healer for a prescription for prescience. Throughout her journey the enduring father-daughter bond shines through the wisecracks, with great love, determination, and grace.