Book Description for Birds of Passage:
What turns the gentle mean and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York’s streets were paved with violence and disappointment.
Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is an American of Italian parents. She’s ambitious but strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo vie for her affection.
Azzura, Leonardo, and Carlo confront con men, Tammany Hall politicians, the longshoreman’s union, Camorra clans, Black Hand extortion, and the Tombs prison.
My Review: Apologies as I am adding this review months late, but truth is this book is great and even if my review is late I should still be posted. I am a bit ADHD and when I get reminded to do something then get side tracked situations like this occur.
Either way I digress. This book is a fascinating view on life in America from the point of view of an immigrant. Well two immigrants. The men come to America for different reasons but their paths cross. This book has conflict which is to be expected when the mob is involved.
The stories make you think what it is like to come to age in a country that is not your own. I can’t imagine what that would be like and this book does a fantastic job of showing that point of view.
The ending is a little open, I am hoping maybe we will get another book?
This book is fast paced and has a lot of situations that draw you in and you can’t help but pull for the guys.
This book is for anyone that loves Italy, Italians or heck the mob 😉
I really should have posted this earlier because it really is a fantastic book that will make you wonder what it is like to grow up in America as an immigrant.
Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Naples. Joe and his wife, Jane have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu Sophia. Joe’s stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines including Bartleby Snopes, The Newfound Journal, and The Summerset Review.