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The Fortunate Pilgrim (original 1965; edition 2004)
by Mario Puzo
The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo (1965)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345476727, Mass Market Paperback)efore The Godfather and The Last Don, there was Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms in Italy, Lucia Santa struggles to hold her family together in a strange land. At turns poignant, comic and violent, and with a new preface by the author, The Fortunate Pilgrim is Italian-American fiction at its very best.
From the Hardcover edition.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:18:53 -0400)
Lucia Santa has traveled three thousand miles of dark ocean, from the mountain farms of Italy to the streets of New York, hoping for a better life. Instead, she finds herself in Hell's Kitchen, in a bad marriage, raising six children on her own. As Lucia struggles to hold her family together, her daughter confronts the adult world of work and romance while her eldest son is drawn into the mafia. Meanwhile, her youngest son aspires to American pursuits she cannot understand.
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