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Monday, June 22, 2020

The Ascent (a true story) by Carmela Cattuti

Angela an immigrant came to America with high expectations. They were not met in her marriage but she did something that she had earmarked herself to do. She made herself independent, created a business for herself, and a standing in the community - both amongst Americans and her own people who were insular.

Angela also brought up her sister's children despite grave odds and indifference on the part of her brother in law after her sister died. She was determined that they should have a better future in whatever field they chose for themselves. Nunzio the military, Joe away from home because he was homosexual and Alicia in a hopeless abusive marriage which she clung to.

Another notable point in Angela's life was that despite being a Sicilian immigrant whose strong links to the Catholic church were steadfast, she did not personally believe in the religion but more in the spirituality. She maintained a fa├žade of following the religion, just not to be noted as a rebel.

Stories of immigrants are always colorful, intriguing and painstakingly real. They bring with them a whole sense of history, of secrets, of new beginnings, old traditions and some things best left hidden. This was just one such story.

Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Three Towers Press.


  1. I do love immigrant stories, fiction and non fiction alike.

  2. This sounds like a compelling immigrant story. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I haven't read an immigrant story in a very long time. This sounds good!

  4. This sounds like a really good book.