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In a neighborhood on Chicago's outskirts, Fabio and Lucia Comingo have built a new American life-and struggle to comprehend the influences that distract and change their restless young sons. Through this masterful evocation of a time and place, Tony Romano, the acclaimed author of When the World Was Young, brings a first-generation Italian American family vividly and poignantly alive in closely related tales at once joyous, heartbreaking, and honest. Weaving two dozen stories into a stunning, cohesive family history, Romano gives readers hope for togetherness amid the painful generational cycle of loss and redemption-as children grow and learn, and decide which treasures of cultural inheritance they will cherish.
Table of Contents
If You Eat, You Never Die
The Day of Settlement
When the Rains Come
Fixing a Hole
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If You Eat, You Never Die Chicago Tales
I'm not sure how Mama pulled it off. She arrived in America about six months before Papa and I, pregnant with my little brother, Jimmy. She found a job, an apartment, even an old storefront for what would be Papa's shop. She had cummings barber painted in red block letters on the huge picture window, thinking Cummings was a prosperous name. The shop closed after a year or so—only a trickle of regular customers strolled in—but, and this is what amazes me, the name Cummings stuck. In every sense. We were Americans now. Every document I've ever seen lists Cummings—social security cards, report cards, everything except birth certificates for Mama, Papa , and I, which we can't even find anymore, though I'm nearly certain I've seen them; Mama accuses Papa of leaving them behind in Italia. I imagine her haggling with the tired clerk at the Italian consulate, insisting that he write Cummings, not Comingo. "But the papers?" he probably sighed. "I must have the papers." I picture her laughing. "Paper? You no believe? What I gotta do? Go home eh come back? I take day off today eh come by you. I mail paper. You mark Cummings." She played out the same scene, I'm sure, at the Immigration and Naturalization office, the Social Security office, until she probably started believing herself that she was an American. So before Papa even stepped foot in this country, the Comingo line was dead.
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