Christopher Castellani has published two previous novels with Algonquin --- A KISS FROM MADDALENA, which won the Massachusetts Books Award for Fiction; and THE SAINT OF LOST THINGS. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, the Boston-based non-profit creative writing center.
It's been 50 years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. Prima, Antonio and Maddalena's American-born daughter, was raised on the lore of the old country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy --- hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time.