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Mezza Italiana : an enchanting story about love, family, la dolce vita and… (edition 2011)

by Zoë Boccabella

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Title:Mezza Italiana : an enchanting story about love, family, la dolce vita and finding your place in the world
Authors:Zoë Boccabella
Info:Pymble, N.S.W. : ABC Books, 2011.
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For my mother, Sandy 1948-2008...To my ancestors who bravely emigrated.... E al mio caro marito, Roger
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Nestled in a hollow on the side of Monte Circolo, the village sleeps.
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Growing up in Brisbane in the 1970s and 80s, Zoë Boccabella knew if you wanted to fit in, you did not bottle tomatoes, have plastic on the hallway carpet or a glory box of Italian linens. Though she tried to be like ′everyone else′, refusing to learn Italian and even dyeing her dark hair blonde, Zoë couldn′t shake the unsettling sense of feeling ′half-and-half′ - half Australian, mezza italiana - unable to fit fully into either culture, or merge the two.

Years later, she travels to her family′s ancestral village of Fossa in Abruzzo and discovers a place that is the stuff of fairytales - medieval castles, mystics, dark forests, serpent charmers and witches. As Zoë stays in the house that has belonged to her family for centuries, the village casts its spell. She begins to realise the preciousness of her heritage and the stories, recipes and traditions of her extended Italian family become a treasured part of her life. Then the earthquake hits...

Beautifully written, sprinkled with recipes and laced with love, Mezza Italiana is a heart-warming journey into the soul of Italy, and into a family you′ll never forget!
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Zoe grew up in Brisbane in the 70s and 80s, back then it was mostly an Anglo-Australian town, if you wanted to fit in you didn't bottle tomatoes, have plastic on the hallway carpet and a glory box full of Italian linen tablecloths. Zoe then travels to Italy and stays in the house that has belonged to her family for centuries.… (more)

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