Publisher Harper Collins, January 2009
In a masterful evocation of time and place, Tony Romano introduces readers to the Comingos, a first generation Italian-American family living in a small neighborhood outside of 1950s Chicago. The evocative stories in this collection shed light on the inner secrets and desires of Italian immigrants Fabio and Lucia Comingo, the restlessness and self-searching of their sons, Michelino (Michael) and Giacomo (Jimmy), and the ever-distant American childhood of their four young granddaughters. Weaving together two dozen stories into a stunning, cohesive family history, Romano gives readers hope for togetherness amidst the painful generational cycle of loss and redemption.
“A delightful and dark collection of stories about family in its most loving and bitter sense.”
— Bret Lott, author of Jewel and A Stranger’s House
“These stories… are suffused with a quiet grace and a sweet passion. The Comingo/Cummings family should take their place beside the Willards of Winesburg, Ohio, and the Kashpaws and Lamartines of Love Medicine.”
— David Michael Kaplan, author of Comfort and Skating in the Dark