Antonio and Maddalena, an aging Italian couple in the Little Italy neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware contemplate the ravages of aging. Can their son Frankie ever grow up? Will their daughter Prima avoid their own mistakes with her four kids? Who will take over the beloved family restaurant? And how can they all survive their earlier losses, most notably of their son Tony? When Prima decides to organize a trip back to their Italian homeland, all comes to a head and the bonds of family begin to show serious fraying. All This Talk of Love is a warm, wise, but never treacly story, a continuation of the Grasso family cycle, but which holds up just fine on its own. --Daniel Goldin
Indie Next ListFebruary 2013
The final installment in Castellani's Maddalena trilogy is his best yet. This is an instantly engaging and authentic story about a multigenerational Italian-American family planning a trip to their ancestral village. Love, resentment, deception, and tenderness -- all the complexities of a family in love and in conflict are handled with beauty and precision. There is not a single false note in this moving novel by a very gifted and assured writer. -- Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
It s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out.
But Prima was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey. "All This Talk of Love" is an incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love, myth and memory."