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to have a pet giraffe, become the first female Pope, and win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics despite the fact that she never managed to master the back handspring. Which tells you a thing or two about the stars she steered by.
Yet in a raucous family of Irish & Italian immigrants who all speak loudly, at once, never on coordinating subjects, she instinctively learned two things: how to whip up a mean tomato sauce from scratch, and how to tell a damn good story. Combine that with some down-home Dixie angst and boozy Celtic roots, and hell … from there it doesn’t even count as a leap to start writing like the devil.
Toss a dashing Oregon farm boy into the mix, and Ellen arrived at this axiom: Every once in a blue moon, dreams really do come true.
“Ellen Urbani has written an amazing and original piece of literature. If you love family sagas characterized by women holding the generations together via a magical combination of grit and grace, such as Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits, you will love this haunting book! “
- Fannie Flagg, international bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
“The writing is gorgeous. While [Ellen’s] own story is riveting and bursting with observation, illustration, color, action, and life, the stories of the local women are extraordinary gifts of insight and caring that can make a difference in the way these women, and women like them, are seen. Perhaps understood. It is a book that one stays with, because [Ellen has] not backed away from the razor's edge - which is the truth of [her] own experience.”
- Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of The Color Purple