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I’m a historical novelist, fascinated by women’s immigration experience, inspired in part by my ten years as “the foreigner” in a small town outside of Naples, Italy.
I believe that we are all in some way immigrants, constantly moving from the known to the unknown in the places and stages of our lives, seeking, as the poet Mary Oliver says, our “place in the family of things.”
My first novel, When We Were Strangers, a USA Today Bestseller, follows a young seamstress from a mountain village in Southern Italy as she stitches a new life in America’s rough immigrant quarters of the 1880’s.