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ChiChi Maggiordino will do anything to get God's attention. She will hold her breath, stand on tiptoe for an hour, walk a mile backward, climb all stairs on her knees... anything. When her grandmother teaches her how to use the Evil Eye, telling her it's how Jesus Christ made his miracles and how the Italians got rid of Mussolini, ChiChi realizes it's what her prayers have been missing. Now she can get started on the business of making her mother happier by helping her find love, and healing her brother's weak lungs.

But ChiChi's family lives in Minneapolis, and it's the 1950s. For an Italian immigrant family, sometimes it seems like nothing can make life easier. ChiChi's mother still pines for her husband, a long-dead American soldier; ChiChi's brother is disdainful of her sacrifices and penance-he doesn't understand what his older sister already knows, that sometimes God needs to be bribed.

When her grandmother passes away, ChiChi steps up her search for meaning and happiness, but it seems to be fruitless. And she struggles, the way so many women do, because her love for her family is suffocating, even while it fulfills her.

It's not until she meets two Italian dwarves, and they teach her of the ancient clown tradition, the commedia dell'arte, that she comes to understand that in order to make everyone else happy, she herself must be happy.

But first she must find her own way in the world... and learn to accept that not even the power of the Evil Eye can keep people from changing.

Synopsis:

This highly acclaimed novel describes the twists and turns in the lives of an Italian family in the 1950s. Young ChiChi will do anything to get God's attention. Her grandmother teaches her how to use the Evil Eye, but it seems nothing can make life easier.

Synopsis:

ChiChi Maggiordino will do anything to get God's attention. She will hold her breath, stand on tiptoe for an hour, walk a mile backward, climb all stairs on her knees... anything. When her grandmother teaches her how to use the Evil Eye, telling her it's how Jesus Christ made his miracles and how the Italians got rid of Mussolini, ChiChi realizes it's what her prayers have been missing. Now she can get started on the business of making her mother happier by helping her find love, and healing her brother's weak lungs.

But ChiChi's family lives in Minneapolis, and it's the 1950s. For an Italian immigrant family, sometimes it seems like nothing can make life easier. ChiChi's mother still pines for her husband, a long-dead American soldier; ChiChi's brother is disdainful of her sacrifices and penance-he doesn't understand what his older sister already knows, that sometimes God needs to be bribed.

When her grandmother passes away, ChiChi steps up her search for meaning and happiness, but it seems to be fruitless. And she struggles, the way so many women do, because her love for her family is suffocating, even while it fulfills her.

It's not until she meets two Italian dwarves, and they teach her of the ancient clown tradition, the commedia dell'arte, that she comes to understand that in order to make everyone else happy, she herself must be happy.

But first she must find her own way in the world... and learn to accept that not even the power of the Evil Eye can keep people from changing.

About the Author

Marie Giordano has authored more than thirty works of nonfiction, children's books, and poetry under the names Marie Chapian and Marie Jordan. Her most recent book of poetry, Slow Dance on Stilts, won the Award of Excellence from the San Diego Book Awards Association in 2001. I Love You Like a Tomato is her first novel. She currently lives in southern California, where she teaches creative writing and poetry at Mira Costa College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765345882
Author:
Giordano, Marie
Publisher:
Forge Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Italian American women
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FIC045000
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20040419
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.1875 x 0.96875 in

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"Synopsis" by , This highly acclaimed novel describes the twists and turns in the lives of an Italian family in the 1950s. Young ChiChi will do anything to get God's attention. Her grandmother teaches her how to use the Evil Eye, but it seems nothing can make life easier.
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ChiChi Maggiordino will do anything to get God's attention. She will hold her breath, stand on tiptoe for an hour, walk a mile backward, climb all stairs on her knees... anything. When her grandmother teaches her how to use the Evil Eye, telling her it's how Jesus Christ made his miracles and how the Italians got rid of Mussolini, ChiChi realizes it's what her prayers have been missing. Now she can get started on the business of making her mother happier by helping her find love, and healing her brother's weak lungs.

But ChiChi's family lives in Minneapolis, and it's the 1950s. For an Italian immigrant family, sometimes it seems like nothing can make life easier. ChiChi's mother still pines for her husband, a long-dead American soldier; ChiChi's brother is disdainful of her sacrifices and penance-he doesn't understand what his older sister already knows, that sometimes God needs to be bribed.

When her grandmother passes away, ChiChi steps up her search for meaning and happiness, but it seems to be fruitless. And she struggles, the way so many women do, because her love for her family is suffocating, even while it fulfills her.

It's not until she meets two Italian dwarves, and they teach her of the ancient clown tradition, the commedia dell'arte, that she comes to understand that in order to make everyone else happy, she herself must be happy.

But first she must find her own way in the world... and learn to accept that not even the power of the Evil Eye can keep people from changing.

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