My time in Melbourne is coming to an end (leaving on Thursday) so my enormous reading binge has also come almost to an end. Read so many new authors (this is the interesting part) as then I have a further list of authors to keep track of! Jennifer Haigh's book Faith was the one I was looking for and then this came up. What a good book to read as a second choice.
As usual immigrant families this time Polish/Italian mix - the stories and histories, the culture and the food they bring to mainstream life is so imaginative, so different and then they all assimilate at sometime or the other. Rose left widowed with a number of children, all of them different, no means of survival and the backdrop of a coal town with its just one main source of income.
Small town life broken up into groups like Polish town, or the posh areas are vividly descriptive in the book. How difficult it is to break out of the mould and make something of your life means in this case that you have to spread your wings. How the family goes about doing this and at the same time being drawn back to home and hearth is the story of this book. How each member of the family find love, stability and peace of mind is part of the story.
A lovely read.