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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.”

In Swimming in the Moon, set around 1910, Lucia’s immigrant journey takes her from a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples to Cleveland, where she fights foSwimmingintheMoon pb c angler worker justice while coping with her gifted mother’s emotional instability in the raucous world of vaudeville. Swimming in whenstrangers-pb-c1 anglethe Moon was a runner-up for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction.

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. 

Pamela Schoenewaldt

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Announcements

Swimming in the Moon named runner-up for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction.

East Meadow Public Library
East Meadow, NY (Skype)
August 13

KIngston Book Festival
Kingston, NY
September 27

Friday Book Club (est. 1911)
Knoxville, TN

Recent Review
"A testament to the love and enduring bond between mothers and daughters, childhood friendships and adopted family, Swimming in the Moon is a must read for anyone who enjoys beautiful, richly drawn characters and a historical setting so realistic one would believe they had been transported into another time. A glorious, unforgettable novel. A+" Pittsburgh Examiner

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