All This Talk of Love: A Novel by Christopher Castellani

By Christopher Castellani

It’s been fifty years because Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and taken her to the USA. That was once the final time she observed her mom and dad, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and enjoyed within the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no use to open the door to the previous and enable the emotional luggage and unmended rifts of one other existence spill out.

But Prima was once raised at the lore of the outdated state. And as she sees her mom and dad getting older, she hatches the belief to take the full relations 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 really is an idea that threatens to rip the Grasso family members aside, till destiny bargains them a few unwelcome surprises, and their journey domestic turns into an important trip.

All This speak of Love is an incandescent novel approximately sacrifice and desire, loss and love, fable and memory.

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Only if he is “upbeat” (that’s Prima’s word) will his kids and the customers talk to him for a few minutes in a row, and for just that little bit of time he’s supposed to thank the Lord. There’s only one person Antonio should stick around for, one reason why he and Maddalena shouldn’t move back to Santa Cecilia for good, and that’s Frankie. Prima is more than settled, but Frankie’s up in the clouds somewhere. Where he came from, where he’s going, nobody knows. Thirty years old almost, and still fooling around with school and master’s degrees and jobs that don’t pay.

Why else does he run to the doctor every time he’s got a cough? Maddalena is seventy-­two years old, and in America that’s a spring chicken. When she’s dancing at the studio, when she tries on with Prima the new dresses of the season, when her children and grandchildren are sitting around her at the dining room table Christmas Eve, and she’s able to forget what’s come before, she’s twenty-­five again. She thinks, I’m too alive to ever leave this world. All the time people waste! Why don’t they realize?

It was the force that connects husband to wife, keeps their hearts pumping, keeps one from spinning away from the other even when spinning away seems like the only way to escape grief. They lay side by side, sheets pulled up to their chests, and spoke Italian, as they often did when alone, but they would not look each other in the eyes. Maddalena fixed hers on the burnt-­out bulb in the floor lamp in the corner. To meet Antonio’s eyes was to betray Tony. And to admit they were taking a big risk.

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