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Between the Cracks [Kindle Edition]

Carmela Cattuti
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Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mt. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America. Author, artist, and teacher Carmela Cattuti created Between the Cracks as an homage to her great-aunt, who survived the earthquake and eruption of Mt. Etna and bravely left Sicily to start a new life in America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Henschell HAUS Publishing (15 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HCN0C3I
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I am always fascinated with novels about women who have left their lifelong homes and families to follow husbands to North America to start a new life. My mother was one of those women, having crossed alone to join her husband in Canada. One cannot imagine the heartache of leaving the security of parents and siblings and extended family and live relatively alone. In Between the Cracks, we are given insight into the plight of a young girl named Angela Lana, the author's aunt, who was orphaned by the December 1908 earthquake that struck Messina on the island of Sicily and Reggio Calabria Italy. 123,000 lives were lost that day, including Angela's entire family. Angela searches for her sister, but cannot find her. She is taken in by the nuns in a local convent who raise her until she comes of age.

That's when a handsome young Italian American man returns to Sicily to find himself a wife. The moment he sees Angela, he is certain she is the woman for him. With Angela's consent and the approval of the Mother Superior, the wedding takes place and soon Angela finds herself crossing the ocean to a new life with all the struggles and joy that it entails.

This novel was an easy read, but full of poignant emotion, struggles, and simple joys. The author has captured the life of the Italian immigrant with vibrant accuracy. Angela is a compelling character. For her, life is not easy, but Angela embraces her new family and her new life, willing to work hard and succeed. Her search for her sister continues as a theme throughout the story and they return to Sicily years after to look for her once more. And then there are secondary characters like her loving hard-working husband, her misguided mother-in-law, her darling step-daughter, all with their faults and idiosyncracies.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story! 1 Jun 2014
By Arabella Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Buy it, read it! This is based on a true story that is almost unbelievable in its complexities, its dark twists and turns. What a wonderful tribute to the strength of the author's great aunt. It is a story that has always begged to be written.
4.0 out of 5 stars novelist-artist uses arts 14 May 2014
By judith wilt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I liked this novel very much for the blend of history and personal biography (of the author's great-aunt) and the treatment of the gender question within the larger story of immigration and culture clash. The novel's style is a nice blend of the heroine's own qualities, simple but not simplistic, reflective and at times visionary. I sorrowed over the loss of Speranza (but never of "hope") and was very interested in the continuing importance of Roberto, the cousin left in Fascist Italy whose loyalty to his Sicilian ideal finally drove him out. I liked the shrewd presentation of the heroine's learning-curve and of her quality of endurance. And I REALLY liked the way the novel integrated Angela's early visionary experience of the "unseen world," couched in the religious language of her girlhood, with the role of art in the world once she went back to Italy as a woman and saw the ancient wall paintings in the Colosseum--art and memory can always keep the dead alive, as the novel indicates on its last page.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful debit! 18 Feb 2014
By Margaret @ JustOneMoreChapter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Without going into too many details and listing that this happened and that happens I will say that I really enjoyed reading this book. In a way it sounds almost sad to have enjoyed reading about this young girl, Angela, who loses so much as a result of the great earthquake of 1908. Though there are lots struggles and heartache that she encounters, there is also joy and happiness. Having left the security and comfort of her homeland and traveling to America with a man she just met much have been a scary experience. In this semi-biographical novel Carmela Cattuti has written a book of strength, perseverance, acceptance and more. Watching Angela grow from a young orphan girl into a strong women with quite the story was an interesting experience. The author has described events in this book with clarity and simplicity that made it easy to visualize so much, from the earthquake, the nun's, and the mother-in-law to New York, the hospital and even Gerry.

Coming in at 324 pages I finished this book in a couple days, the author has a writing style that made this story flow right along. As I was getting closer to the end of the book I was beginning to have mixed feelings, I did not want the story to end. Thankfully this is the first book in a trilogy and hopefully book 2 won't be long in coming as I really would like to continue with Angela's story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic & Hopeful 11 Feb 2014
By Kinx's Book Nook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Between the Cracks is a powerful story of ongoing tragedy but also one of continued hope. What I found so amazing is that this book is semi-biographical; taken from life the of the author’s great-aunt. I can’t imagine someone experiencing all of that tragedy and still remain sane. One would think by reading about tragedy, the story would be become incredibly depressing and tiresome. But not this book. It will keep you engaged and wanting to know about more about this family.

Angela and Franco make an interesting couple. First of all, their marriage was basically arranged. No love; but wanting to get away or find the right kind of person. Both had their motives for wanting to marry a complete stranger. I found that to be so intriguing and so different from what I know. They spent their entire marriage trying to get to know each other. There were so many times that I thought they were complete strangers to each other, even when they had been married for many years. But in the end, their bond was extremely strong.

The tragedy that Angela faced seems so incredible to me. Plus that she was able to overcome and survive just amazes me. I loved watching her grow from an insecure little girl to a strong, confident woman who takes care of her family. She ended being the backbone that everyone came to for help. She was their savior. Your heart will break as Angela’s continues to search for her lost sister. Loss after loss, Angela was still able to endure and maintain her home.

Franco frustrated me at times; but he was a good man. He faced his own turmoil and did his best to deal with his life. The frustrating times for me were when kept he himself ignorant over his little sister’s situation. He wouldn’t interfere until it was too late. I found that to be so incredibly sad.

Between the Cracks is a very special book about a young woman’s journey to overcome tragedy and loss and find a place in a new world. Please read and be prepared to be overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions.
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable story of love and loss and one woman's courage 10 Feb 2014
By Great Historicals - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I am always fascinated with novels about women who have left their lifelong homes and families to follow husbands to North America to start a new life. My mother was one of those women, having crossed alone to join her husband in Canada. One cannot imagine the heartache of leaving the security of parents and siblings and extended family and live relatively alone. In Between the Cracks, we are given insight into the plight of a young girl named Angela Lana, the author's aunt, who was orphaned by the December 1908 earthquake that struck Messina on the island of Sicily and Reggio Calabria Italy. 123,000 lives were lost that day, including Angela's entire family. Angela searches for her sister, but cannot find her. She is taken in by the nuns in a local convent who raise her until she comes of age.

That's when a handsome young Italian American man returns to Sicily to find himself a wife. The moment he sees Angela, he is certain she is the woman for him. With Angela's consent and the approval of the Mother Superior, the wedding takes place and soon Angela finds herself crossing the ocean to a new life with all the struggles and joy that it entails.

This novel was an easy read, but full of poignant emotion, struggles, and simple joys. The author has captured the life of the Italian immigrant with vibrant accuracy. Angela is a compelling character. For her, life is not easy, but Angela embraces her new family and her new life, willing to work hard and succeed. Her search for her sister continues as a theme throughout the story and they return to Sicily years after to look for her once more. And then there are secondary characters like her loving hard-working husband, her misguided mother-in-law, her darling step-daughter, all with their faults and idiosyncracies.

I loved this book. It was enjoyable, multi-layered, and heart-wrenching. The scenes of the earthquake's aftermath were vividly described, bringing to life the devastation and feelings of loss. I highly recommend this book! Especialy if you have Italian roots. Unputdownable!
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