Famiglia…family is family, like it or not!
A brother and sister depart war-torn Italy in 1947 and cross the Atlantic to reunite with their father in Benton, New Jersey. As the seasick brunette dreams of eligible Americani, the young fellow dreads the prospect of dealing with his cantankerous Papà. Meanwhile, in Benton, another Italian-American family bickers over mundane issues with burlesque animation. Partnerships test the patience of the brothers and domesticity puts the women at odds.
These economically disparate clans, the Camara and the Matteo families, cross paths after Teresa Camara literally bumps into love-starved Mack Matteo. Instead of letting their mutual attraction evolve slowly into something more, her scheming father takes matters into his own hands, placing their relationship on course for possible disaster.
While the Camara and the Matteo households are fraught with normal sibling rivalry and shared secrets, a few obnoxious family members engage in irreverent and ludicrous behavior, causing total mayhem and discord. One unscrupulous brother’s involvement in an embezzlement scheme leads to murder.
How the two families cope with the absurdities of love, intimacy and life unfolds in a true comedy of errors, complete with laughter and tears.
The author grew up in an Italian section of Trenton, New Jersey, called “The Burg.” To the background music of her mother’s native tongue, she danced around old world customs and traditions practiced by the local immigrants who lived there. Her favorite annual tradition, the “Feast of the Lights,” a weeklong festival in honor of the Madonna di Cassandrino, was celebrated in the streets just outside her doorstep.
With the Americanization of her first name in grade school and then another name change occurring with marriage, Rosa Maria Maisto eventually became Rose Marie Boyd. However, a few old friends and many relatives still prefer to use her Italian name.
A graduate of Trenton State College and the proud mother of two successful children, she relocated to Prescott, Arizona, with her husband ten years ago. As she basked under the Southwest sun, the writing bug decided to bite her. Since then, she’s been expressing her creativity through poetry and novels.
An avid reader, she enjoys critiquing a bestseller or an old classic with the women in her monthly book group. The author also loves a competitive game of tennis and has volunteered for an adult literacy program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The American Red Cross.
She is now in the process of writing her next novel, DEPENDING ON YOUR VIEW…, another light fiction about a menopausal Italian-American who spies on her neighbors.