Mother Tongue

An American Life in Italy

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

North Point Press

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Fourteen years ago, the American writer Wallis Wilde-Menozzi moved with her husband and daughter to Parma, a prosperous city in northern Italy. Searching for a way to find a place within a city that has existed since Roman times, she conducted a highly personal investigation of the often baffling, closed way of life she encountered. Mother Tongue explores Parma, largely through the lives of its women, some historical figures—Giuseppe Verdi, Correggio, the Renaissance badessa Giovanna Piacenza—and other extraordinary individuals. It is also a remarkable, probing evocation of an American life that has been tried and tempered by two very different societies. No other book evokes so poignantly and profoundly the role of food, faith, and family attachment in Italian life and, by reflection, in our own.

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“Mother Tongue is a memoir of extraordinary richness and honesty. As it contemplates the life of a young American writer who joins her Italian husband in Parma, it steadily draws in a bounty of startling and finally consoling news from a dauntless new life in a very old place.”—Reynolds Price

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Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi's poetry, essays, short stories, and translations have been published in journals such as Granta, The Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Southern Review, and Agni Review. Her work has appeared in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, and Taiwan.

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Mother Tongue
An American Life in Italy
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
May 2013
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ISBN: 9781466844452
ISBN10: 1466844450
384 pages
$7.99
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