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The Saint of Lost Things

Author(s): Christopher Castellani

Location(s): Wilmington

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1950s



It is 1953 in the tight-knit Italian neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware. Maddalena Grasso has lost her country, her family, and the man she loved by coming to America: her mercurial husband, Antonio, has lost his opportunity to realize the American Dream: their new friend, Guilio Fabbri, a shy accordion player, has lost his beloved parents.

In the shadow of St. Anthony’s Church, named for the patron saint of lost things, the prayers of these troubled but determined people are heard, and fate and circumstances conspire to answer them in unforeseeable ways.

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A superb account of the Italian immigrant experience. The city of Wilmington was vividly evoked. Terrific read. – Melia de Luz –

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