The Saint of Lost Things

The Saint of Lost Things

Christopher Castellani / Aug 25, 2019

The Saint of Lost Things Even after seven years in Wilmington Delaware Maddalena Grasso is still filled with longing She misses her mother and the familiar landscape of Italy As she sews diligently at the factory to meet he

  • Title: The Saint of Lost Things
  • Author: Christopher Castellani
  • ISBN: 9780425211731
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • Even after seven years in Wilmington, Delaware, Maddalena Grasso is still filled with longing She misses her mother and the familiar landscape of Italy As she sews diligently at the factory to meet her daily quota, she dreams of finally finding herself with child, after trying for so long And she yearns for the company of her husband Antonio, whose pursuit of the AmericEven after seven years in Wilmington, Delaware, Maddalena Grasso is still filled with longing She misses her mother and the familiar landscape of Italy As she sews diligently at the factory to meet her daily quota, she dreams of finally finding herself with child, after trying for so long And she yearns for the company of her husband Antonio, whose pursuit of the American Dream is leading nowhere, and whose nighttime adventures threaten to destroy the fragile new life they ve built.

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      • Christopher Castellani

        Christopher Castellani was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware His parents immigrated to the United States from a small village in Italy in the years following World War II, and their experiences have been a significant inspiration A Kiss From Maddalena, Christopher s first novel, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in April 2003, and was subsequently published in Australia, the U.K The Netherlands, Germany and Thailand In 2004, Christopher was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction for A Kiss from Maddalena In 2005, Castellani published The Saint of Lost Things, which continues the story of A Kiss from Maddalena but is a stand alone novel The same is true for All This Talk of Love Algonquin, February 2013 , which completes the trilogy, and was a New York Times Editors Choice His new novel, Leading Men will be published in early 2019 by Viking Penguin The author was educated at Swarth College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University He works as Artistic Director of Grub Street, one of the nation s leading independent writing centers, and also teaches fiction in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, at Swarth College, and at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Christopher Castellani lives in Boston, MA.


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    1. From November 2005 School Library Journal:It is 1953 and Maddalena Grasso is newly arrived in the United States, trying to make sense of the unfamiliar language, strange customs, and her place in her new extended family. Her husband, Antonio, is a perpetually dissatisfied man who yearns after the American Dream: shiny new car, new home, and children. Having convinced the beautiful Maddalena to marry him and leave her family behind, he now watches over her jealously and becomes ever more frustrat [...]


    2. Another "quiet" book that captivated me. Beautifully renders the paradox of the immigrant's life: hope for the new world, grief for all that's left behind. Elegant writing. The author switches deftly from one character's point of view to another. I admit I'm partial to the subject matter, as I love immigrant tales, but the descriptions of the daily grind and family life of the Grassos, trying to claw their way into the American Dream, made me feel like I was there with them. Felt particularly pa [...]


    3. From School Library JournalAdult/High School–It is 1953, and Maddalena Grasso, newly arrived in the United States from Italy, is trying to make sense of the language, the customs, and her place in her new, extended family. Her perpetually dissatisfied husband, Antonio, yearns for the American Dream: shiny new car, new home, and children. Having convinced the beautiful Maddalena to marry him and leave her family behind, he now watches over her jealously. He feels a mixture of contempt and envy [...]


    4. The story begun in A Kiss from Maddalena continues seven years later with Maddalena and Antonio, the husband she has very reluctantly married and emigrated to the US with, have settled into his family's house in Delaware. The small town atmosphere of a "little Italy" in Wilmington is not entirely unlike the small town they both grew up in in Italy, and yet it is worlds away and Maddalena has not stopped longing for home, for family, and even for her first love who is now married to her older, es [...]


    5. This novel is a sequel to Castellani's A Kiss From Maddelena. At first I was sad because this book picks up years later and in America, not Italy. But the sadness I felt worked for the book as Maddelena misses her home country of Italy and her family. The book is about cultures and relationships, immigrants in 1950s Delaware. It truly feels real- what Maddelena is experiencing, her marriage, her feelingsAnd I can relate to her- she is alone in America with her husband's entire Italian (now turni [...]


    6. This story is about an Italian immigrant family. Told within that cultural context it is a wonderful insight into how these immigrants struggled to make it in the New World while also wanting to become a part of the US.They are proud of their culture and language, but at the same time they all learn English and the American way of life. They work very hard at becoming Americans and obtaining the status that that brings. I borrowed this one from the library, but I might buy a copy and add it to m [...]


    7. I enjoyed this book quite a bit--my biggest issue with it was that I wanted to know more. Everything seems to wrap up rather quickly at the end, and I wanted to know more about several of the "holes" that were skipped over--What happened after Madalena woke up in the hospital? How did Cassie and Renato react when they learned their restaurant had been vandalized? How did Julian and Helen's relationship develop?Overall, it was a good read with a lot of interesting characters.


    8. Some of these people were so familiar to me. Only they were recent Italian immigrants in Virginia, not Delaware, but with the same hopes and fears.



    9. I have life experience with the area in which the novel is set and of the period it speaks. That's what attracted me to discovering the book set in Wilmington, DE. Description of people and places resonated with my memories. The main characters are members of an immigrant family. [immigrant stories should be necessary reading for everyone alive today] Writing is good. Narrative nicely connected to theme named by the title. Appreciated dialogue. The story includes realistic racial tension from th [...]


    10. There was a posting on FaceBook about the best book fro each state and of the 50 states listed this book was the only one I hadn't read. SoI immediately ordered it. In the beginning I loved the story but by the middle it was dragging along. I kept slogging my way through and when I got to the last quarter of the book I was enjoying it again. The characters are well written, human, but often boring - probably too real for me. Sometimes the writing is beautiful, almost lyical. Through out the enti [...]




    11. In Wilmington, Delaware, a tightly knit group of family, friends, and neighbors, all Italian immigrants, live and work not far from St. Anthony’s Church, St. Anthony being the patron saint of lost things. Continuing the story of Maddalena, now seven years into her arranged marriage to Antonio Grasso, and introducing us to new characters, Christopher Castellani again weaves a rich story honoring, not romanticizing, the Italian immigration experience in the second half of the twentieth century i [...]


    12. In a cultural moment where page turners get all the oxygen, this book is a quiet friend full of wisdom, heart, and language as comforting as a lullaby: "Open and close your mouth, like a fish, like Sister Clark teaching you English, like an old woman who's lost her mind and sits alone, no longer responsive to light and touch; the sound you'll make, instinctively, the most natural sound in the world is ma. Mamma. Mamma. Under god there are no accidents. He gives us answers as clear as letters on [...]


    13. BetterMuch better than his first one, "A Kiss for Maddalena", which was pretty slow. His art of painting pictures with words was a treat.


    14. Oh my goodness, I thought this book was so good. I only recommend it to those who have the patience to to read about a character's life. I know nit can get boring when they literally describe their day but they go back and forth between characters and I think it was a beautiful and interesting book about life in the view of an immigrant in America.


    15. Set in 1953 in a tight- Italian neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, Saint of Lost Things is the story of Maddalena Piccinelli Grasso, who was introduced in A Kiss From Maddelena. Seven years after the end of the first book, we find Maddelena, now married to Anthony and recovering from a miscarriage which almost cost her life. She's moved into a resignation about her life and her future. It seems that although she loves Anthony she desperately misses the Italian homeland she left against her wi [...]


    16. This is the second of a trilogy about the Grasso family. The first book ends with Maddolina leaving behind Italy, her family, and her first love as she bows to the wishes of her parents and family to marry Antonio Grasso who returns to Italy from America to pick his bride. This novel is set 7 years later in the city of Wilmington as she adjusts to marriage in a strange land in the early 1950's, Wilmington's little Italy, all 8 blocks is still bigger than the three streets of her small village. I [...]


    17. Loved It! 1953, Wilmington, DE. To read about familiar places, streets and family names in the city where I live was really cool. The story and characters were very believable. Especially if you are familiar with the Italian community here.


    18. The Saint of Lost Things is an Italian immigrant story that picks up where A Kiss from Maddalena ends. Maddalena has left her true love, her family, her country and her dreams behind in Santa Cecilia, has reluctantly married Antonio Grasso to please her parents and has come to America to live in Wilmington, Delaware with not only Antonio, but his family as well. Passionate writing and well-developed characters give the reader a glimpse into what immigrant life was like in the late 40s and into t [...]


    19. I gave this 3 stars but it was more like 2.5 really. Part of a trilogy, it is the sequel to A Kiss from Maddalena & maybe I should have read that first as this was unsatisfying. Maddalena Grosso is the central character in this gentle story of 1950's Italian immigrants to Delaware. For me there were just too many loose ends - perhaps they are resolved in the third of the series - most notably the story lines involving the one black family living in the neighbourhood. Most of the characters w [...]


    20. I enjoyed this book but I think a major part of my enjoyment came from the background knowledge I'd gained from reading Ann Hood's The Italian Wife not two weeks before. This was a GoodWill find (one of many while on my honeymoon) and unfortunately, I didn't realize at the time the book was a trilogy so to speak. This is book 2, I never read book one. But I did enjoy the story and really adored the main character. I look forward to checking out the third book, All This Talk About Love, when I re [...]


    21. This was actually an advanced reading copy that I picked up probably at a used book sale. No matter,as I'm sure the actual published book could not have had many changes to the story.Life in an Italian community with the usual things you would expect. No real surprises. Nothing terribly shocking, not that I want to be shocked. But there wasn't anything especially poignant or memorable that will stick with me except that I learned that Saint Anthony is the saint that you would pray to if you need [...]


    22. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about immigrant Italian-Americans creating new lives in Wilmington, Delaware in the 1950's. No doubt a great deal of my pleasure came from the fact that I grew up in that small city at the same time. Although my family was neither Italian nor recently immigrated, I grew up surrounded by the people of this book, and so much of this book rang true for me. I have lived in the Midwest for the past 40 years, and I miss the Italian influences of my youth -- the food, th [...]


    23. I enjoyed the book, not as much as "A Kiss form Maddalena," but it was sweet. My grandmother moved her from a small village in Italy without any family, spoke very little English and didn’t know her husband, just as Maddalena. The book was a little difficult to follow at times. I loved how the author showed compassion towards the characters, while allowing the reader to understand their faults.


    24. A good sequel to A Kiss from Maddalena, although I was left wanting to know more about the next decades in this family because I know the final book in the trilogy starts in the 2000s. Maybe there will be lots of back story in that one. In this book, we get to know Antonio, the husband, much better.I was left with some questions about some plot points that seemed to just peter out, but overall a solid bridge to the trilogy.


    25. This book was set in 1950's Deleware and was about Italian immigrantsIt was yet another marriage story where the husband is a bit of an idiot and the wife has to figure out how to put up with him (kindof like Gap Creek just Italian immigrants opposed to mountain people).The story actually turns out really beautifully and you want Madellana to thrive in her new country.


    26. I really wanted to like this book. It is about marriage, family, dreams, lovea family of italian immigrants trying to figure out their version of the American Dream. I was sadly disappointed. The characters are extremely irritating, and the book fails to live up to its promise. It is a concept that could have been so much more.


    27. Read this book yesterday. Yes, in one day. Plan to send it to a cousin who grew up in Wilmington, DE. Of interest to those with Italian immigrant family. Or anyone with an immigrant background-follows the mixed feelings about leaving the ancestral home and leaving some family behind. Some things were positive, some were negative. Mezza mezza!


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