Swimming in the Moon

Swimming in the Moon

Paperback - 2013
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Italy, 1905. Fourteen-year-old Lucia and her young mother, Teresa, are servants in a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples, where Teresa soothes their unhappy mistress with song. But volatile tempers force them to flee, exchanging their warm, gilded cage for the cold winds off Lake Erie and Cleveland's restless immigrant quarters. With a voice as soaring and varied as her moods, Teresa transforms herself into the Naples Nightingale on the vaudeville circuit. Clever and hardworking, Lucia blossoms in school until her mother's demons return, fracturing Lucia's dreams. Yet Lucia is not alone in her struggle for a better life. All around her, friends and neighbors, new Americans, are demanding decent wages and working conditions. Lucia joins their battle, confronting risks and opportunities that will transform her and her world in ways she never imagined.
Published: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062202239
0062202235
Branch Call Number: F SCH
Characteristics: 341, 15 pages ;,24 cm

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booklady413 Mar 17, 2014

An interesting read. Set in the early part of the 20th century, it explores the issues of safe working conditions for factory workers and the wider immigrant experience in large cities.

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siammarino Dec 31, 2013

Teresa and her daughter flee Naples Italy after their aristocratic employer attempts to cure Teresa of her mental illness. They arrive in Cleveland, Ohio where the daughter enrolls in high school, and is one of very few in her class to graduate and be accepted into college at Hiram. Teresa follows her singing passion into vaudeville, but her mental illness worsens, and the daughter must come home to take care of her. In the end, Teresa returns to Italy, but the daughter marries her first love, a Jewish boy names Henryk. Loved the details about immigrant life here in the early 1900's.

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