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Author Corso, Paola.

Title Catina's haircut : a novel in stories / Paola Corso
Published Madison, WI : Terrace Books, Univ. of Wisconsin Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (viii, 103 pages)
Contents The rise and fall of Antonio Del Negro -- St. Odo's curse -- Hell and high water -- Giorgio's green felt hat -- Jesus behind bars -- Catina's haircut -- Flash light -- Mirage
Summary "Here are important stories of loss and retrieval in an Italian family. Because of Paola Corso's clear writing, we become witnesses to the courageous and undeniably Italian struggle of the last century's immigrants and consequently to that constant spark of human spirit in all people."--Gioia Timpanelli, author of What Makes a Child Lucky
Catina's Haircut spans four generations of a peasant family in the brutal poverty of post-Unification southern Italy and in an immigrant's United States. The women ill these tales dare to cross boundaries by discovering magical leaps inherent in the landscape, in themselves, and in the stories they tell and retell of family tragedy at a time apolitical unrest. Through an oral tradition embedded in the stone a memory and the How of its reinvention, their passionate tale of resistance and transformation courses forward into new generations in a new world
A woman threatens to join the land reform struggle in her Calabrian hill town, against her husband's will, during a call for revolution in 1919. A brother and sister turn to the village sorceress in Fascist Italy to bring rain to their father's drought-stricken farm. In Pittsburgh, new immigrants witness a miraculous rescue during the Great Flood of 1936. A young girl courageously drives into the Allegheny River to save her grandfather's only memento oldie old country. With only broken English to guide her, a widow hops a bus in search of live chickens to cook for Faster dinner in her husband's memory. An aging woman in the title story, "Catina's Haircut," is on a quest to cut the ankle-length hair as hard as the rocks soil of Calabria in a drought. A lonely woman who survived World War II bombings in her close-knit village struggles to find community as a recent immigrant. A daughter visits her mother's hill town to try and fulfill a wish for her to see the Fata town Morgana. These haunting images permeate Corso's linked stories of loss, hope, struggle, and freedom. --Book Jacket
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Subject Italians -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Fiction
Immigrants -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Fiction
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Fiction
Calabria (Italy) -- Fiction
Italy -- Calabria
Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
Genre/Form Fiction
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780299248437