Orange Peels and Cobblestones
From her early childhood days in Italy to her life as a young wife and mother in Brooklyn, Marietta is haunted by hard questions from her past. In her struggle to be free, she realizes what she must do: discover the truth about her tangled family life even at the risk of losing the little she has left. This is a deeply moving novel about the enduring power of love amidst abandonment, rejection, betrayal and the consequences of others’ decisions.
Praise for Orange Peels and Cobblestones
“In this intimate and engaging debut novel, Rose Marie Dunphy provides us lessons about love, loss and how the power of forgiveness will make us whole again…This lovely book is poignant, heartbreaking, and like all good stories is full of redemption and insight.” -Dr. Fred Luskin, Director Stanford Forgiveness Projects
author of Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love.
“A coming-of-age love story, compellingly told, with a combination of controlled sentiment and wry humor that brings to life Italy during the early postwar years, Brooklyn during the 1950s, and New York and Southern California during the 1960s --each location forming the backdrop of Marietta's unique narrative and complicated family life… A great read.” – Marion Osmun, Editor, New York, NY
Rose Marie Dunphy lived in Italy and now resides in New York. With a Master’s Degree from Stony Brook University, she taught Science for 10 years, co-authored That First Bite – Chance or Choice, a book of non-fiction, and has written numerous essays and short stories that have appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEWSDAY and other publications. This is her first novel.
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