The Wine Cellar

by Angela Fede



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/3/1998

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 66
ISBN : 9781496938503

About the Book

This heartwarming inspirational memoir is the story of a young girl, Francine Gilliamo. She was born and raised in Queens, New York to Italian immigrant parents.

Her quest in life was to abide by her strict moral and religious upbringing her father demands from her. She is totally consumed with trying to do the proper things and yet inadvertently slips away from time to time into a more liberal and enchanting life. The fear of God is overwhelming to her, as she struggles very hard not to commit a sin.

Her cravings are tremendous for there is a strong appetite to become recognized as an individual and also needing the respect from others. Being of Italian descent was shameful for her as a child. This inadequacy caused her to be very shy and limited especially in the presence of her peers. Her first encounter with this bigotry was felt on her first day of fifth grade in 1954. Francine assisted her father in the making of the wine. This was the evening prior to her first day of school. Her hands were stained with purple tint. This was noticed by her schoolmates. When they asked her why her hands were of this color, she told them she made wine with her father. She was tormented and teased. They actually asked her if she used her dirty Italian feet in the process. This was only the beginning of a long painful and yet miraculous journey into life for Francine. This child was able to turn harsh situations into an asset for her. There was a constant ache inside of her soul, but it very rarely showed. Francine was torn between her strict moral father and her own free will. At times she felt she had a two sided brain. The predicaments she encounters are astounding and how she conducts herself is genuinely moving. She has expressed great honesty in this writing and most of all much sincerity. At times the reader will shed a tear and feel upset for this girl, but ironically this child's life blossoms into a reality of nothing but love, devotion and especially pride.

The death of her parents is a tragedy for Francine, but this tragedy becomes a sincere inspirational prophecy for life itself. What she was taught and how she accepted this learning eventually is applied to her adult life in the rearing of her two sons. It is done with eloquence and pride. Eventually, the Italian develops into a sense of dignity. Francine feels forgiveness for her childhood and learned that this rearing gave her encouragement and enlightenment to raise her family with grace.

Daydreaming was a common occurrence and she especially loved the memories of the Diner in Queens. Sins were forgiven there. You could confess your sins and never receive penance. The church dances were considered a ticket to heaven and the people of the church were your vehicles. Seeing her mother grow sick and old alters Francine somewhat, for she at times becomes cold and distant to her husband Michael. She fears growing old and knows she will one day be aged. Francine defies her menopause with false and ruthless analogies. Not me, I'm not in menopause! As a child there was very little time for psychological comfort. Negativity and problems were never discussed in the presence of the children. Children should be children, no need to subject them to adult problems. This in itself speaks for itself. Behave and show respect! This was the bible in her home.

The Wine Cellar is a compassionate story of a young girl who strives for peace, love, respect, not only for herself but for others as well.

About the Author

Angela Fede has been an aspiring writer most of her life. Since childhood she has shared her talent with her family and friends. At present, she feels a strong desire to tell her story to the public. This is a fictional memoir, based on true life. Being raised by Italian immigrant parents taught her the art of loving in a special unconditional manner. Her fears and needs are all bound into one gutsy, witty, sincere tale. She was always questions by her two sons 'Ma, how was it in your days?' The boys would listen with amazement and derived positive energy afterward. This story is a ripened epic of a woman who has the need to share her life with an audience who will be able to relate and understand parts of their lives with hers. Angela Fede resides on Long Island, New York, with her husband, Robert. Her two sons are now married and live nearby. Writing this book is the beginning of an inspirational crusade for Angela Fede. She wants to share her ethnic religious rearing to the world, for she feels she has benefited immensely. Her childhood taught her to survive in life, for she learned to become a positive provider not only to her family but to many as well. She especially feels the parents of the nineties can benefit by reading her book.