Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors


Maria Messina
Stories of Sicilian women in the early twentieth century.

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Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 9781558615533
Publication Date: 07-07-2007

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Translated by Elise Magistro
Preface by Fred Gardaphe
Introduction and Afterword by Elise Magistro

The first translation of short stories by this major rediscovered early twentieth-century Sicilian writer, these captivating tales detail the heartaches, joys, and meaningful silences of Sicilian women as they struggle with tradition and bear witness to mass immigrations.

“[T]hese ten persuasive tales offer stark, finely drawn portraits of poor and middle-class Sicilian women in the early years of the twentieth century.”New York Review of Books

“A window into another time and another culture. . . . We understand the emotions of [the] characters, simultaneously victims and heroines. . . . Messina’s words will leave their mark. Their power makes them impossible to forget.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Virtually the only great Italian fiction about the massive Sicilian immigration to America written while it was happening . . . honed, polished, devastatingly direct—verismo at its unsentimental best.” Booklist