“The only mode my thoughts run in, though, is rewind. Never fast-forward and certainly never stopped. Thus the truth is my thoughts and, the facts are my experience, subjective, and still mine.”
Following the plight of a young Italian girl, Weeds Beneath the Open Meadows, is more than just a memoir; this book explores the relationship between the individual and truth, the effect of the past upon the present, and conflicting representations about love.
When Anna and her family leave their homeland due to her father’s nebulous business in the United States, she leaves behind crowns weaved from flowers, handmade dresses, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Italian countryside. Once across the Atlantic, Anna realizes that life in America is about possessions; possessing things as well as memories.
Blurring the line between an older past in the meadows and villages of Sicily, and a newer past in the concrete streets of New Jersey, Weeds Beneath the Open Meadows explores how a young girl learns the ways of America without letting go of Italy.
Blending the imagery of poetry with masterful prose, Weeds Beneath the Open Meadows explores the difficulties of assimilation, the loss of loved ones, and the discovery of the self.
‘Weeds Beneath the Open Meadows’ is a poignant, poetic, and thought provoking memoir that will have your imagination running wild. It is a vivid representation of the immigrant experience and all the heartache and joy that comes along with it. In the era of #MeToo, this story is a must read, as it shines a bright light on the prevalence of sexual abuse at the hands of predatory adults. It also gives sharp insight into old world corporal punishment that can scar a person for a lifetime. There is so much heart packed into this terse little memoir that spans generations, continents, and cultures that I must highly recommend it. The story exemplifies the sheer chaos of life that builds each and every one of us. A remarkable piece of writing, in my opinion. – D.R.
Great read. Very courageous and inspiring story told with strength and pride. Very inspirational to watch the author overcome obstacles throughout her life as the story progresses. Looking forward to new material as this author is sure to make a big impression on the literary world. – Star123
Purchased the book two days ago and couldn’t put it down . The author captures your interest in her life. Good job. Hope to see more books by Anna! – julie m ayres