A compelling true story about an Italian Catholic family that came to America on vacation and never returned to their homeland. When their youngest unwed daughter became pregnant, her family disowned her. It was 1949. Abortions were illegal. She was seventeen when she gave birth. She was my mother. This book chronicles the effects an unwanted child had on three families and three generations. It shares a mother’s fight for survival to care for her child, and how she eventually gave up and left her with strangers. The author takes her readers through her journey to find the truth. She exposes the bad decisions she made along the way, and the price she paid because of them. She shares the lessons she learned about life, and how she finally managed to find happiness.
Reading this book is like sitting next to someone as they reminisce. It’s a style that I’m not sure I could pull off, but it definitely works in this context. My heart broke over and over again as I learned more of Josie’s life story.
Don’t read this without a box of tissues close at hand.
WARNING – There is some strong language!