Fred Misurella


What do you think of "The Search for Giovanni" and/or "A World Made New"?

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"Giovanni"--Modestina, the mother,is a very powerful woman.I like that, but why is her son so weak? He seems like a lot of Italian men I've known, fixated on his mother and looking to his father to find his way in the world.--Mary Ellen, Doylestown

I think both the sample chapters of Only Sons are very moving, especially as they consider Italian-American immigrant history--its beginnings in illegal entry and its endings in successful, yet troubled assimilation. I'm anxious to see them brought together--to see how they turn out. I assume you're working on that now. And no Godfather or Sopranos stuff! --Mark, NYC

My last comment was about "Giovanni." Now that I've read "A World Made New" I'm curious about the relations between the people in the two chapters. Are they related? Do the chapters occur in sequence?--Steve, Pennsylvania

This is very poignant, yet puzzling at the same time. Do we learn more about Sonny and his father as the novel moves on?

Do you like my web site?

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Dear Mr. Misurella,

My name is Ralf M.M. Stultiens (40). I live in the village of Nuenen c.a., famous in the world because Vincent van Gogh lived and worked here for several years.

In daily life I'm a councillor and freelance journalist.

As I live in the same street (Berg) where Vincent stayed for a long time with his parents (and where at the moment the Van Gogh museum Vincentre is situated), I'm building a Vincent van Gogh library, containing books and dvds on and about Van Gogh from all over the world.

At the moment - thanks to authors, publishing houses, museums et cetera - already over 900 books from all over the world are on the shelves of the library project.

I hope you will be able to send me a (if possible signed) copy of A SUMMER OF GOOD-BYES.

There are two websites for the library project: and Of course I will mention your help (including a link to your website) on both pages.

When you will ever visit Nuenen c.a., please let me know so I can guide you through all the special Van Gogh spots in our village.

Thanks a lot in advance!

Best wishes,

Ralf M.M. Stultiens
Berg 3
5671 CA Nuenen c.a.
The Netherlands

It's growing. I like to see the reactions of your readers.--Steve

I like it very much!
-- Susie from Idaho

A complex, thoughtful novel about love, beauty, and sexual longing in the south of France.
She's white; he's black. But their conflicts are more than racial.
The Red and the Black of Italian-Americana, these stories disect the essence of contemporary living. (With a link to one of the stories.)
Uncannily accurate about Vietnam, its soldiers, and their tragic return home.
The story of three generations of Italian-American men and their women--mothers, wives, lovers.
A sample chapter from Only Sons (Link to the text).
Literary Criticism
Detailed analysis and interpretation of Milan Kundera's works from The Joke through Immortality.
The lead essay in The Legacy of Primo Levi, edited by Stanislao G. Pugliese, published by Palgrave/Macmillan