Christopher Castellani - author of "All This Talk of Love"
Chris Castellani has published two previous novels, A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction; and The Saint of Lost Things. He is the artistic director of Grub Street, the Boston-based non-profit creative writing center.
ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE is the story of the Grasso family: Italian immigrants Antonio and Maddelena, their adult children Prima and Frankie, and their grandchildren. In a year that will change their lives forever, Prima and Frankie travel with their parents back to their ancestral Italian village, Santa Cecilia. The trip, and Italy itself, takes on different meanings for each family member as it approaches, and as secrets from the past – especially unanswered questions around the death of the family’s first-born son – are revealed. Christopher Castellani, himself the son of Italian immigrants, brings his unique and insightful perspectives on the immigrant experience -- indeed, the American experience -- to every page of ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE. Drawing on his rich understanding of both Italian culture and the mechanics of a family, Castellani paints an incredibly moving, tender, and textured portrait of the many generations of Grassos and the ties that bind them.