I have found that more often than not in our lives, we have to take to editing; when thinking back , it helps to focus on the good memories more than the painful ones. We can’t forget our trying experiences; they’re what helped shape us, what made us who we are. Besides if we don’t recall the pain, the pleasure isn’t nearly as sweet.
Fran Sirianni tells the story of her large, boisterous, Catholic family from the perspective of a young girl, growing up in New York City. The story gives the reader snapshots of a life with her grandparents, parents, and siblings living under one roof, with cousins, aunts and uncles coming in and out of her life — and “the impact of our loved ones made was more that enough for a single lifetime.”
I love stories like the Godfather. Those stories are full of laughter, and love, and grandparents who would never let a Sunday go by without a trip to church and afterwards a mandatory dinner at “Nonni’s”. I also remember those days from my childhood, with fondness.
But life has a way of also delving out the pain. The Sirianni family dealt with their share of painful experiences. Anthony was the big brother who Fran worshipped. And his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis was one of those painful experiences.
But as Frances reminds us, “The fact is we never know how long we’ll be blessed to have someone in our lives. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.”
Reviewed by Lynn Chambers
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