By Christopher Castellani

It’s been fifty years when you consider that Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and taken her to the US. That was once the final time she could ever see her mom and dad, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and enjoyed within the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. She locked these thoughts away, as though Santa Cecilia stopped latest the very day she left. Now, with little ones and grandchildren of her personal, a profitable family-run eating place, and sufficient day-by-day drama at domestic, Maddalena sees little need to open the door to the prior and permit the emotional luggage and unmended rifts of one other lifestyles spill out.

But Prima, Antonio and Maddalena’s American-born daughter, used to be raised at the lore of the outdated nation. And as she sees her mom and dad getting older, she hatches the belief to take the full kinfolk again to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena together with her estranged sister and enable her mom and dad see their place of birth one final time. it truly is an idea that threatens to rip the Grasso relatives aside, until eventually destiny bargains them a few unwelcome surprises and their trip domestic turns into an important voyage.

Writing with heat and beauty, Chris Castellani can provide a seductive ceremonial dinner for readers. attractive nation is an incandescent novel approximately sacrifice and wish, loss and love, delusion and reminiscence.

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