All the way to Italy
A modern tale of homecoming through generations past
04/2018 — Flavia Brunetti
Until her dad died, Little considered herself a Californian. Now, thanks to half a letter, a symbol she can’t quite remember, and writer’s block, she finds herself back in Italy, the country of her birth. In a headlong rush to return to her beloved San Francisco, Little will journey throughout Italy, hoping to find the answers she needs to move on with her life so she need never look back. She’ll enlist the help of the woman who raised her, Sira, her father’s sister; but Sira has secrets she’s kept for decades, and Little underestimates the power of the country she fled years before.In this powerful story of mixed cultures in a world trying to globalize, one girl’s struggle to leave her home behind will lead her back to the women in her family and the memories each of them has safeguarded through the generations. From war-torn Italy to the belpaese of today, All the Way to Italy is a tale for those in search of a balance between wanderlust and the necessity to come home, a reminder that although we may be fragments, we are never a lost cause.
Born just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato. Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University. Today she travels the world working for an international humanitarian organization and spends her free time writing and wandering around her beloved Roma in constant search of bookstores and the perfect espresso.
"Join Little as she takes us from Rome to Tivoli, Florence, Naples, and Orvieto. Explore Italy with her--Roman ruins, olive groves, and odes to lovers crumbling into the sea. Share prosciutto and tagliatelle and meet the Italian people that show Little their land and their love. In this multicultural story of self-discovery, journey with a young girl returning to her homeland, a country that, like her, is trying to find its future without losing its past." - Gabriella Contestabile, best-selling author of Sass, Smarts, and Stilettos
"Flavia Brunetti has woven a lyrical tale of self-discovery and growth, tied together with the strength of familial bonds, which transcend place and time. A lovely read." - Michelle Fabio, author of the award-winning blog Bleeding Espresso
"All the Way to Italy perfectly reflects the indissoluble cultural link between Italy and the United States. It is a picture of the embrace between two peoples, two cultures, two nations--each with its own identity but with a common cultural path that links Italy and the USA even more than history has already made possible." - Corrado Maria Daclon, Secretary General, Italy-USA Foundation