6/6/13

Review of Tale of Lucia Grandi by Susan Speranza

Tale of Lucia Grandi
by
Susan Speranza

The Tale of Lucia Grandi, the Early Years

When an old woman is asked to tell the story of her life, she tells is an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving an irrational, warring suburban family during the 1950s and 60s. The narrative is told from Lucia’s perspective as the second child where she and her siblings are caught in the middle of a lifelong war between her mother, Ruth, an overbearing, unhappy homemaker, and her father, Leonard, a manipulative, sometimes violent New York City cop. Lucia is the silent, thoughtful eyewitness to her parents’ constant and sometimes life-threatening battle.

The story is told as a memoir; each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia’s life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and her siblings. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman, she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.

This timeless story of one woman’s courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it is powerfully and poignantly told.
This is a good serious read with a story that keeps you reading until the very end and characters you can connect with. It's an emotional book with an amazing story.  Well worth reading.  It's not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it alot.  This is the first book I've read by this author & I'm interested in reading more.
 
I rate this book 4 stars
 
Jennifer W

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