Mamma Mia!

Compiled by Maria Coletta McLean

Mamma Mia!
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Growing up a second-generation Italian woman in Canada is not as easy as it looks. In fact, it requires the keeping of secrets, the telling of lies, the casting of curses, and the patience of a saint. Here 20 Italian-Canadian women share their stories?some comic, some tragic, ... Read more


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Growing up a second-generation Italian woman in Canada is not as easy as it looks. In fact, it requires the keeping of secrets, the telling of lies, the casting of curses, and the patience of a saint. Here 20 Italian-Canadian women share their stories?some comic, some tragic, some nostalgic, all true?about living a double life with a private/public split personality. Intimate, inspiring, brave, and confessional, these tales reveal women old enough to reminisce yet young enough to revolutionize. Balancing between the Old Country and the new, a respect for tradition and the need to break with it, this collection is a rare and surprising blend of humour and candor that promises the perfect conversation-starter. Mamma mia, what will they dare say next?

Maria Coletta McLean

Maria Coletta McLean is the author of the bestselling memoir My Father Came from Italy and the editor of Mamma Mia! Good Italian Girls Talk Back. She was the recipient of the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her contribution to Canadian literature. She lives in Toronto.

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