by James J. Raciti



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 20/11/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 464
ISBN : 9781588203236

About the Book

Giacomo is the sweeping epic of the Darro family spanning three generations and three continents. Giacomo, the grandfather, and Nicholas, his grandson are joined by a bloodline of ambition, violence and betrayal. Their stories tell of a struggle with poverty and acceptance, of artistry and murder. Giacomo left his native Sicily in the late 1800s with nothing but hopes and dreams for a better life in America. Quite against his will, he is recruited by the fledgling Cosa Nostra in Philadelphia and gives up wielding a heavy hammer for eighteen hours a day in a barrel factory for the law of his powerful fists. When Giacomo learns the terrible secret of his birth, he returns to Sicily. It is through Giacomo’s sealed day journal that Nicholas finally learns of the events surrounding the death of his own father and the secret that caused the death of so many. Nicholas abandons his studies at the University of Grenoble in France and follows the trail to the Castle of Adrano in Sicily. It is a story of great love and sacrifice, the power of the church, the conflict of immigrant factions, and the growth of America.

About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. James Raciti has spent more than twenty-five years in Europe as an educator. His graduate degrees are in comparative literature from the University of Grenoble in France and the University of Zaragoza in Spain. He is a prize-winning poet having written two books of poetry: Charles and Dabs of Myself.

He has written and produced two plays: The Song of Roland and Invitation at Dawn.

His first novel, published in 1999, is entitled Au Revoir à la France. Dr. Raciti presently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and teaches at the College of Santa Fe.