Feel like a fly on the wall in the homes of two Italian-American families. This light fiction reveals characters whose irreverent, ludicrous and intimate behavior affirms the old adage: "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 dreFeel like a fly on the wall in the homes of two Italian-American families. This light fiction reveals characters whose irreverent, ludicrous and intimate behavior affirms the old adage: "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 Papa. 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 Camaras and the Matteos, 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 households of the Camaras and the Matteos are fraught with normal sibling rivalry and shared secrets, a few obnoxious family members engage in outlandish 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 misunderstandings, laughter, frustration and tears....
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The Spaghetti Set: Family Served Italian Style Reviews
It is very refreshing to see that there are still writers who are able to touch us and getting us involved in their imaginary world without offering tales of violence and sex. The Spaghetti Set is a powerful novel, written in a soft and distinct style, which will please both the Italian American reader who is looking for a story to identify with and the average American reader who is looking for intense feelings without gore or foul language. The characters are all intertwined by destiny in what seems to appear as an average Italian immigrants’ community, but just as in every social group, there are individuals who shine and rise above the crowd, while others fall in the gutter where they belong and try to slither through their lives without regard to feelings, family ties or duties. The magnificent work done by Rose Marie Boyd (don’t let the name fool you, she is full bloodied Italian) on the characters’ development shows through the fast pace of the narrative, which is more than inviting. At times you feel as part of one family or the other (this is the story of two families tied by a common bond), but you cannot ever be detached and ignore the growing pains, the elations, the sorrows, the spiritual contortions of the main characters, who by the end of the book become as part of your memories as your own uncles, aunts and cousins…Teresa , the heroine of the story, is a young woman who becomes the joining link between these two families. She is the seed of renewal that is needed in a somewhat static society of a fictitious Little Italy, where she brings her enthusiasm, intelligence, wits and desire to succeed, allowing the love of her life Mack, the other main character, to find himself and overcome the physical impediments that made his life miserable. Through love the novel soars, but it is not only love that drives the story. The dominant instincts of life are all present and fighting for prevalence. Greed fights honesty, while lust fights purity, but underneath it all stands tall the love for the family, so strong among Americans of Italian descent, and their deep belief that work will bring success.The author has done an outstanding job at building a fictional world that will definitely absorb the attention of the reader. There are many Italian expressions in the book and most often they will bring a smile to the readers’ lips for their simple sense of humor and their ability to recreate the characters in a credible manner. Personally, I could not put the book down without knowing how it ended, and that is what every writer should aim at: the attention of the reader.
The Spaghetti Set tells the stories of two Italian-American families in post-World War II America. Although the writing is quite good in parts, the book gets bogged down in far too many subplots and story lines as well as some slightly off-the-wall names, which made it difficult to keep track of who was who and who belonged to which family, particularly in the beginning when it's so important to hook the reader.There are also some Italian language mistakes throughout, and so for all of these reasons, I would say with heavy editing, this book could easily reach into four-star territory as Boyd has the potential to be a great storyteller. In fact, the author could consider cutting some of the subplots from this volume and putting them into another book and making a series about this family. The characters all could use some deeper development, which would be possible if different volumes were dedicated to different, fewer characters. It would also allow for a more leisurely, steadily paced narrative.That said, I'd still recommend this book for anyone interested in this era in American history, particularly in Italian-American immigrant lifestyles post-WWII. The author clearly has a grasp on what life was like during that time for this particular group of people, and that aspect of the book was a joy to read.
The lovable characters will draw you in and the not-so-lovable ones will keep you turning the pages of this fascinating story of two Italian-American families building new lives in America after World War II. The author has spun a tale with enough twists to keep you wondering what will happen next. You'll really enjoy this book. You really got up close and personal. Italian or not, you have to read it!