It's turn-of-the-century Italy, and Josephine Rimaldi is 14 and entering into an arranged marriage to an American man, 11 years her senior. After emigrating to Rhode Island, and seven children later, Josephine attempts to find solace from her loveless marriage by focusing on her children, tradition, and religion. An affair results in an infant daughter Josephine gives up for adoption. A saga that spans seven decades, An Italian Wife looks at generations of Josephine's family, their ambitions and wants - each generation looking for a better life than the last - and their loss and misery.
Ann Hood is the author of six novels including The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle and editor of the collection, Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting.
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An Italian Wife is the extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi--her joys, sorrows, and passions, spanning more than seven decades. The novel begins in turn-of-the-century Italy, when fourteen-year-old Josephine, sheltered and naive, is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America, where she later joins him.
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