‘Mezza Italiana’ by Zoe Boccabella

Mezza ItalianaMezza Italiana by Zoe Boccabella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zoe Boccabella has written a delightful account about finding her identity and of coming to terms with heritage, culture, and the burden of family expectations.
After experiencing racial prejudice and bullying at school, the author rejected her Italian-ness in order to be like all the rest. While she adored her grandfather, she swept the traditions of the old country under the carpet in order to fit in. After years of his urging her to visit the family home in Fossa in the mountainous centre of Italy and of her making excuses not to go, she finally makes the trek along with her Australian partner, Roger.
In the town of her ancestors she discovers her roots, and Roger falls in love with Italy.
This is a memoir that will stay with you long after the book is finished. It is well-written, funny in parts, and thoughtful. Her experience of being half-Australian and half something else applies to many people in this country. After all, every Australian who is not indigenous has a migrant past.

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About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an Australian author of contemporary and historical fiction. 'The Scarlet Key' published in 2016 is the second Seth VerBeek mystery. The crime-busting reporter is back with a new cast of unforgettable characters and a new puzzle to solve. It's about live, love, death, and tattoos, with a touch of the mystical. 'Baby Farm', her debut novel, is a cozy crime mystery about forced adoptions of the 1970s, and a surrogacy and baby trafficking racket. It is the first of the Seth VerBeek series. Debbie Terranova is a prizewinning author of short stories: 'Mowbray Brothers' about growing up in East Brisbane in the 1920s; and 'Mischief' about reinventing yourself and in the process falling in love ... with an adorable but mischievous cat.
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