The Immigrant now available
A story of love, loss, and the search for home
In the tradition of Pietro di Donato’s Christ
in Concrete and John Fante’s Wait
Until Spring, Bandini comes Joseph
Zagame’s debut Italian-American novel, The Immigrant.
Set among the onion fields
in Upstate New York, The
Immigrant is the story of LP Sanguenano,
a Roman Catholic priest who returns begrudgingly to his childhood
home after many years away. There
he finds his disturbed cousin, Louise, and her boyfriend, known
only as the Indian, squandering the family legacy; his beloved
uncle and father figure,
Paolo, succumbing to despair; and a colorful cast of family and
friends strangely ambivalent about the future of the farm. Against
this backdrop, LP searches for a way to restore his family, and
in the process uncovers forbidden love and the disturbing truth
about a family he never really knew.
The Immigrant resonates far beyond the Italian-American
experience, exploring such universal themes as heritage, family,
Fundamentally existential, the novel raises questions about man’s
place in a foreign world, the tenuous foundations of knowledge,
and, ultimately, the redemptive power of love.