Fiction. ALL MY FALLEN ANGELAS is a collection of stories inspired by the lives of Italian-Canadian women living in Toronto from the 1960s to the present. The stories document their strength and resilience, their power and vulnerability as the women move in community that allowed their presence in shops, factories, and churches, but offered them little else for entertainment and self-exploration outside of their families. The stories cover a wide range of women's experiences from loneliness; disappointment; mothering; marriages, arranged and not arranged, that were loving, simply stable, or violent. As a whole, the book provides the reader with a sense of Toronto's Italian immigrant community in its urban landscape, housing, social life, work and education options. The stories are the work of a raconteur who has been listening carefully to a wide range of women who shared their feelings in the kitchens and basements of their lives when the men were not around, when they were asleep or otherwise occupied. Each story ends on an ambiguous or poignant note that invokes the reader's imagination. These stories are not simply accounts of women's lives. They are literature: often humourous, sometimes tragic, and eternally human.
Gianna Patriarca is an award-winning author of eight books of poetry including TO THE MEN WHO WRITE GOOD- BYE LETTERS (Inanna Publications, 2020), one children's book, and a collection of short stories inspired by the lives of Italian Canadian women, ALL MY FALLEN ANGELAS (Inanna Publications, 2016). Her writing is extensively anthologized and appears on the course list of universities in Italy, Canada, and the USA. Her work has also been adapted for the Canadian stage, CBC radio drama, and appears in many documentary films. Her first book, Italian Women and Other Tragedies, is in its fourth printing and has been translated into Italian. She lives in Toronto and is currently working on a novel.
Author City: USA