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Wanderers No More

by Michelle Saftich

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The war may be over, but the fight to belong is just beginning. Left homeless, starving, and almost killed by the Second World War, the Saforo family are refugees fleeing Italy for a better life. The shores of Australia are calling to them and they head off, packing dreams of jobs, a home and - soccer. But from the moment they get off the boat, adapting to the Australian way of life is harder than it seems. Their family doesn't speak right, eat right or even look right. As they struggle to build a simple life against the backdrop of 1950s racism, they start to wonder if they will be outsiders forever. A true family affair, Wanderers No More will make you laugh, remind you of your family, and warm your heart.… (more)
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This is the story of the Saforo family from Italy and landing in Australia to make a new home. They arrived with very little and lived in a camp with others from their country. It was very difficult learning a new language and customs, working for little wages and trying to save to buy a house. The story is told by Martino, one of their sons who tells of the hardships and triumphs of the family.
I did not know that this was a sequel to another book but it didn't make a difference as the book could stand on its own.
This was a first reads edition in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  JoyceMG3 | May 27, 2018 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
After WWII, the Saforo family flee Italy for Australia. Told from the point of view Martino, the youngest boy, the book follows them for about twenty years.

I didn't realize this was the second book in a series when I picked it up. Still, it was easy to understand and follow the story line. It felt as if the situations and solutions that occurred throughout the book were overly simplistic. The entire book felt very detached. Overall, a bust. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jan 29, 2018 |
Mrs. Saftich crafts a beautiful story of a loving family, who endures hardship only to find a home. To quote Martino "They came with a suitcase and their dreams and finally brought a house. And in the land of kangaroos, amongst the hard work, the learning of a language and the sharing of cultures, they established a home. That's what it was all about."

I did not know that this was the sequel to Port of No Return. This book did not read like a sequel. This is a good thing for readers like me who have not read the first book as this book can be read as a stand alone novel.

Instantly, I fell in love with the Saforo family. All of the family members were great in their own way. Although, I had a soft spot for Martino and Nonna. I loved when Martino would be feel down and Nonna would sneak him a piece of chocolate. Then there was the point in the story when Martino overcame a horrific accident.

The story takes the Saforo family form the 1950's to 1979. It was nice to see the progression from the family starting out and learning about their new homeland to becoming established and loved by many. A truly heartfelt story that will touch you long after you have finished the last page. ( )
  Cherylk | Oct 23, 2017 |
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The war may be over, but the fight to belong is just beginning. Left homeless, starving, and almost killed by the Second World War, the Saforo family are refugees fleeing Italy for a better life. The shores of Australia are calling to them and they head off, packing dreams of jobs, a home and - soccer. But from the moment they get off the boat, adapting to the Australian way of life is harder than it seems. Their family doesn't speak right, eat right or even look right. As they struggle to build a simple life against the backdrop of 1950s racism, they start to wonder if they will be outsiders forever. A true family affair, Wanderers No More will make you laugh, remind you of your family, and warm your heart.

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