L'America

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HISTORICAL FICTION

Early 20th Century

Joseph M Orazi

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In the decades preceding WWII, hundreds of thousands of Italians flocked to our shores in hopes of starting new lives in a land that promised freedom and opportunity. They immigrated through the Great Hall of Ellis Island, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, and spilled out into the streets of New York City and beyond in anticipation of a kind of renaissance. L'America follows the journey of three families, who board the Santa Ana in 1915 through the ports of Palermo and Naples. For 13 days they share brutal passage in steerage. But the voyage is only the beginning of their trials. Eventually, they settle in New York City, Cleveland and Monterrey, California. Immigration in the early 20th century was difficult at best. But assimilation proved an even greater challenge. The confused and frightened Italian in America is embodied in the lives of Giuseppe Mosca, Aldo Grimaldi and Paolo LaChimia, as they make their way in a world in conflict with their heritage. In Book one, Adagio con Fear, they will endure the harsh reality of discrimination, World War, generational conflict, socialism, anarchism, fascism, Carlo Tresca, and Sacco and Vanzetti. Book two, Adagio con Promise, will continue the story as their descendants face the complexities of Mussolini, “enemy alien” labels, West Coast relocation and even internment.

Genre

Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

Three Italian families, in an effort to escape the ravages of 1915 Italy, endure brutal passage on the steamship, Santa Ana. The story follows each of them as they attempt to assimilate as aliens in a world they don't understand.


Book One, Adagio con Fear, ends in 1927, with the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti as a backdrop. Book Two, Adagio con Promise, will end in 1946, as their descendants watch Joe DiMaggio play in an All Star game at Fenway Park.

Setting

Italy (Calabria, Palermo, Naples), New York City, Cleveland, Monterey, CA

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

,Immigration and assimilation

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions,overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Giuseppe Mosca - talented Calabrian tailor- unsure of himself, Aldo Grimaldi, contractor from Naple who wants to apply his skill in L'America, Paolo LaChimia - stowaway from Palermo, pickpocket, petty thief who aspires to the Black Hand

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Aldo Grimaldi - see above

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Paolo LaChimia

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Paolo LaChimia

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Supplemental Materials

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