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Under the Light of the Italian Moon

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The pressure of war sorely tests a family's love in a small Italian village.

Tracing her family’s history, author Jennifer Anton found a dramatic story of good people, during WWII, who trapped in a world gone mad. She paints a multi-faceted portrait of her Italian family: their struggles, shortcomings, heroism, courage, determination, and above all their love of family. Two themes are seamlessly woven into this family history. One focuses on the strength of the women in the village of Fonzaso. The other motif explores the many variations of love.


None of the women in Fonzaso are stronger than Adelasia Argenta, the midwife, who is affectionately known as ‘The Captain’ by her family. She is dedicated to helping women and bringing new life into the world. Her daughter Nina will be sorely tested by her love for her mother, her love for her husband and her love for her children.  Other women face challenges dealing with husbands drawn to the fascist government of Mussolini, men who abandon their families and their responsibilities or those who are abusive. Some of the women will prove equal to the trials of war while others will not.


What holds the people of this story together is love. The people of Fonzaso  love their family, their village, their God, and their country. But love can simultaneously bind and divide. When love of family requires leaving and traveling to America to make a living and to support your family the bonds will either strengthen or shatter. The stresses of a long distance marriage are a metaphor for the strains between the old world and the new world.  


Despite individual, family, national and global crises these simple, hardworking villagers face their problems with courage and stamina. One can’t help but admire the author’s commitment to family research and to record her families experiences. This will be a wonderful way for her family’s future generations to learn about their ancestors. For the rest of us this is a good story right now.


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Book reviewer for the Lawrence Technological University library. Wayne State University 2009 HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) scholar concentrating on digital storytelling WWII oral historian for the Yankee Air Museum. Tour director and public speaker,

Preface & Chapter 1

About the author

Jennifer Anton is an American/Italian dual citizen born in Joliet, Illinois, and now lives between London and Lake Como, Italy. A proud advocate for women’s rights and equality, she hopes to rescue women's stories from history, starting with her Italian family. www.boldwomanwriting.com view profile

Published on March 08, 2021

Published by Amsterdam Publishers

100000 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

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