All This Talk of Love: A Novel by Christopher Castellani

By Christopher Castellani

It’s been fifty years due to the fact Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and taken her to the USA. That was once the final time she observed her mom and dad, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and enjoyed within the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no use to open the door to the prior and allow the emotional luggage and unmended rifts of one other existence spill out.

But Prima was once raised at the lore of the outdated kingdom. And as she sees her mom and dad getting older, she hatches the assumption to take the total relatives again to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena along with her estranged sister and enable her mom and dad see their place of origin one final time. it's an idea that threatens to rip the Grasso kinfolk aside, until eventually destiny offers them a few unwelcome surprises, and their journey domestic turns into an important trip.

All This speak of Love is an incandescent novel approximately sacrifice and desire, loss and love, delusion and memory.

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You can’t go chasing your kids — ” “No, of course not,” says Prima. “But actually, yes, temporarily we’re all moving. ” She takes a deep breath, locks eyes with her mother. “We’re going back to the Old Country, all of us. To the Grassos’ ancestral village, Santa Cecilia, where it all began. ” says Matt. “Talk serious,” Maddalena says, crossing her arms. “I’m very serious,” Prima says. “It’s not difficult. I buy the tickets. I call a few relatives. ” “I’m there,” says Ryan. “Oh yes, it’s very easy,” Maddalena says.

She stood at her worktable, the roses in one hand and a stick of chalk in the other. They started there on the worktable, the drapes pushed to the side in a wrinkled heap. The next morning in their bed. He showed up A ll T h is Ta lk of Lov e ' 49 early from the restaurant the night after that. The roses grew brown edges in the vase on the nightstand. There was a new electricity between them, a live current trapped just under their skin. It was the force that connects husband to wife, keeps their hearts pumping, keeps one from spinning away from the other even when spinning away seems like the only way to escape grief.

It’s not enough to bury your own son; now they want her to go back for the bones of the others, too? Now she has only one brother left, Claudio, and one sister, Carolina, but she hasn’t spoken to them in twenty years. She won’t see them old and sick, not after working so hard, every day, to keep them young and beautiful and full of life in her mind. No. She won’t let that happen. She could be loud about it now, but she won’t, not here, not on her grandson’s special day. Not with Frankie beside her.

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