Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt
A Novel

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A mother and daughter clash as they try to make a new life in 1900s America....Most successful as a primer on turn-of-the-century work conditions and union efforts.
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A new historical novel from Pamela Schoenewaldt, the USA Today bestselling author of When We Were Strangers.

Italy, 1905. Fourteen-year-old Lucia and her young mother, Teresa, are servants in a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples, where Teresa soothes their unhappy mistress with song. But volatile tempers force them to flee, exchanging their warm, gilded cage for the cold winds off Lake Erie and Cleveland's restless immigrant quarters.

With a voice as soaring and varied as her moods, Teresa transforms herself into the Naples Nightingale on the vaudeville circuit. Clever and hardworking, Lucia blossoms in school until her mother's demons return, fracturing Lucia's dreams.

Yet Lucia is not alone in her struggle for a better life. All around her, friends and neighbors, new Americans, are demanding decent wages and working conditions. Lucia joins their battle, confronting risks and opportunities that will transform her and her world in ways she never imagined.

 

About Pamela Schoenewaldt

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Pamela Schoenewaldt lived for ten years in a small town outside Naples, Italy. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy and the United States. She taught writing for the University of Maryland, European Division and the University of Tennessee and now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, Maurizio Conti, a medical physicist, and their dog Jesse, a philosopher.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 341 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jul 20 2013

A mother and daughter clash as they try to make a new life in 1900s America....Most successful as a primer on turn-of-the-century work conditions and union efforts.

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on Sep 02 2013

A rich cast of characters and a timeless story of family strife bring life to this thoughtful and emotional historical fiction.

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