Rights offering detail :
Birds of Passage
Feb. 3, 2017
Author:
Joe Giordano
Category:
Fiction: Debut
Description:
An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story

What turns the gentle mean, and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York’s streets were paved with violence and disappointment.

Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is an American of Italian parents. She’s ambitious but strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo vie for her affection. Azzura, Leonardo, and Carlo confront con men, Tammany Hall politicians, the longshoreman’s union, Camorra clans, Black Hand extortion, and the Tombs prison.

“This riveting debut novel by Giordano charts the passage of two young Italian men to early twentieth century New York, as they strive to make their mark in the New World…. Part thriller, part love story, part coming-of-age narrative, this book’s appeal reaches successfully beyond the often restrictive confines of its genre. A refreshing rethink of the archetypal mafia novel.”

—Kirkus

“With a landscape stretching from Naples, Italy, to New York City, the pages of this compelling narrative create vivid images of the Big Apple’s Italian immigrants and their struggles in America, for better or worse….With a New York City cast of gripping personalities, including Lower East Side gang leader Frank Rizzo and union boss ‘Big’ Jim O’Neil, there’s no shortage of machinations.”

—Ambassador Magazine
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Harvard Square Editions
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Offering #:
12223
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