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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.


“I loved this book for both its wit and its compassion. Chris Castellani has a steady, sustained belief in the goodness of the human spirit. to be able to convey both comedy and tragedy in a single novel is a remarkable gift.” —Anita Shreve, author of Rescue

“The many faces of home, all of them dear, all of them hard-won, all of them so complicated and confusing and beloved, lie at the heart of this tenderest of novels. If there is a better book about what it means to be in a family, I haven’t read it.” —Stacey d’Erasmo, author of The Sky Below

Meet the author

Photo Credit: Neil Giordano

Christopher Castellani is the author of A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Best Work of Fiction and was a Book Sense Top Ten pick in hardcover and in paperback, a national selection of the Readers Club of America, a Barnes & Noble Online Book Club pick, and a Borders Original Voices selection. A graduate of Swarthmore College with an M.F.A. from Boston University, he is the head instructor at Grub Street, a nonprofit creative writing center. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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