- Print Length: 282 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
From the Author (via Amazon)
When in 2007, with their support, I chose to pursue writing full time, I had no real idea of what I was getting myself into. I only knew I wanted to write. Such an endeavor is not without risk and in the months leading up to my leaving my day job, we adjusted our lifestyle and saved what we could to afford me this opportunity. My wife and I talked to our children about doing with less and showed them through example the importance of following one's dream. Even when chronic illness threatened to derail the plan, we helped them to understand that dreams require sacrifice, a life lesson, we hope, they espouse themselves as adults.
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The reader could feel the mother's fear about being found, although it seemed that the mother had not gone that far underground in her attempt to hide. You could identify with her anxiety and I sometimes found myself looking over her shoulder for her. The author also did a very good job showing how difficult it is for the child(ren) to adapt to a different culture and language. The surprise ending of the book definitely catches the reader off guard.
Technically speaking: The lack of translation from Italian to English made it difficult to follow many of the conversations in the book. The characters were well developed and it was quite easy to empathize with their situations, especially the mother. I also liked the way the author used a new chapter when switching back and forth from character to character. I have come across this technique in other books and I find it works well with certain story lines. One other thing that I really had a problem with was the lack of punctuation in the book. Punctuation is used to help the reader distinguish between characters and I found the lack of it very disconcerting, and a great distraction.