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In America

In America

A young woman struggles to choose between love and her dreams of stardom in New York City at the beginning of the Depression. ... more

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Overview

A young woman struggles to choose between love and her dreams of stardom in New York City at the beginning of the Depression.

Beautiful, headstrong Marcella Scimenti has the affection of a handsome neighborhood boy, the love of her large Italian family, and serious dreams of singing in Hollywood. But the course of true love—nor the journey to finding one’s true self—never did run smooth. In America follows the story of Marcella, the daughter of the characters at the center of Nina Romano’s continent-spanning Wayfarer Trilogy, as she comes of age in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in the late 1920s. In the trilogy’s heartwarming conclusion, Marcella must learn to balance new friendships, promising suitors, and life as a modern working girl with the expectations of her tradition-bound family, all against the backdrop of a looming economic depression and a changing world. Along the way, she unearths a devastating family secret that shakes her to her core and tests the boundaries of her love, loyalty, and faith.

Nina Romano earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She’s a world traveler and lover of history. She lived in Rome, Italy, for twenty years, and is fluent in...more

Reviews

"I’ve just read Nina Romano’s heartfelt third installment in the lavish Wayfarer Trilogy, a hefty, eager, and absorbing novel, In America, and I can’t get the marvelous Scimenti family out of my head. Romano loves her characters and makes us love them, too. I even loved Al Lentz, and he’s as shifty as a ten-speed clutch. Here is a story about the past that haunts us and love that redeems us, a story of an Italian-American family in Brooklyn during the Depression that is full of honesty, charm, grace, and good humor."

John Dufresne, author of I Don’t Like Where This Is Going

"Nina Romano’s In America is a charming story [...] Nina Romano has created a fascinating page turner using as backdrop a time period when family and family values were placed above almost everything else."

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