Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mt. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America.
Author, artist, and teacher Carmela Cattuti created Between the Cracks as an homage to her great-aunt, who survived the earthquake and eruption of Mt. Etna and bravely left Sicily to start a new life in America.
Between the Cracks: One Woman’s Journey from Sicily to America is a captivating, exciting, and memorable novel that will have its readers turning the pages with haste into the early hours of the morning. As I began to read Between the Cracks, I immediately knew that this was going to be a phenomenal and fascinating read and now that I have finished the novel I can happily write that the book is just this! It is an intriguing historical fiction tale that captivated me with its heart-pounding moments and phenomenal literature courtesy of author Carmela Cattuti. If you are a reader who loves being taken on a journey that is full of memorable and astounding moments, then you will love Between the Cracks so do not miss out! If you need more convincing, then please continue to read my review to learn more about the stellar novel!
Between the Cracks is a captivating, memorable, and moving story that will take its readers on a life-changing journey from Italy to America, and what follows is truly brilliant and inspiring. The reader in Between the Cracks will meet Angela Lanza, a woman who survives the eruption of Mt. Etna in 1908 and finds herself orphaned and raised in an Italian convent. However this is just a small part of Angela’s story, as soon she will marry and immigrate to the United States of America and it is here where her real journey begins as she adjusts to the very different way of life, and this book lovers is the premise of the incredible Between the Cracks!
The story of Between the Cracks is a stellar one that had me intrigued from the very start. I love any story with a historical theme, so I knew from the beginning that Between the Cracks would deliver thanks to this theme, and wow did it! From the start, the reader is immediately thrust into the thick of the story and immersed in the life of Angela Lanza and it makes for a phenomenal read that will take you on a journey like no other.
Carmela Cattuti is a wonderful writer who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention from the first page. Cattuti, instead of writing a long build-up thrusts her reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is immersed and captivated by the story quickly. I am impressed by Cattuti’s ability and decision to place the reader in the thick of the drama early on because sometimes a long build-up can kill the story before it has even started, so I am impressed with Cattuti for her excellent plot device!
Carmela Cattuti is not only brilliant at weaving intelligent plot devices throughout her book; plot devices such as twists and turns and emotional moments, to entertain her readers, but she is also a fantastic writer for her descriptive literature. The descriptive powers of Cattuti will immerse the reader in the novel as they will be able to imagine the unfolding drama entirely and it made for a captivating read!
To conclude my thoughts, Between the Cracks is a thought-provoking and captivating story that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights, I, of course, have to award the thrilling book five stars! If you are a reader who loves historical fiction novels but find they are all similar, then I challenge you to read Between the Cracks because it will remind you that there are fantastic novels out there still that are original and highly entertaining! Please do read the preview of the book below; you will not regret it!
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