Publisher : P&D Publishing;
First edition (25 October 2013)
Language: : English
Paperback : 240 pages
ISBN-10 : 0992326109
Francesca Mezzatesta is a woman of southern Italian heritage. As a first generation Australian, she always dreamed of having the clichéd huge Italian wedding with bombonieri, dry ice and hundreds of guests all smiling and happy for her. After meeting her beloved Pasquale Testadura, circumstances change the course of her life as the families step in.
Shades of Green, White and Red is a story about love, food and cultural expectations…the Italian way! It is a nostalgic look on how traditions, rituals and family can determine the course of a person’s life. Through the experiences of Pasquale and Francesca, the confused duality of maintaining Italian values and traditions while integrating the ways of Australian society are explored.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter what Italian dialect is spoken, what food is eaten or which cultural rituals are practised, Italians are all different shades of the same three colours.
This novel also contains an Italian/Sicilian Dialect Glossary with full translations! Preserving the language of our Nonni.
“Having lived and breathed the intricacies of an Italian heritage, it’s been great to see a
refreshing and bold take on our life whilst still maintaining and honouring the detailed
wonders of what makes us essentially Italian Australians.”
– Joe Avati (Comedian)