A Kiss from Maddalena

A Kiss from Maddalena Some in Santa Cecilia think that a rich beautiful girl like Maddalena Piccinelli wouldn t look at Vito Leone if he were the last boy on earth But it is and Vito is nearly the last boy in the vi
  • Title: A Kiss from Maddalena
  • Author: Christopher Castellani
  • ISBN: 9780425196427
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Kiss from Maddalena
    Some in Santa Cecilia think that a rich, beautiful girl like Maddalena Piccinelli wouldn t look at Vito Leone if he were the last boy on earth But it is 1943, and Vito is nearly the last boy in the village and in a few months, after he turns eighteen, the soldiers may come for him too For now, he is determined to win her And he is beginning to get past her self containeSome in Santa Cecilia think that a rich, beautiful girl like Maddalena Piccinelli wouldn t look at Vito Leone if he were the last boy on earth But it is 1943, and Vito is nearly the last boy in the village and in a few months, after he turns eighteen, the soldiers may come for him too For now, he is determined to win her And he is beginning to get past her self contained reserve and melt her stubborn heart But as forces from the world outside including an American stranger begin to invade their quiet refuge, Vito will face challenges far daunting than coaxing a kiss from Maddalena.
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  • Christopher Castellani

    Christopher Castellani was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware His parents immigrated to the United States from a small village in Italy in the years following World War II, and their experiences have been a significant inspiration A Kiss From Maddalena, Christopher s first novel, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in April 2003, and was subsequently published in Australia, the U.K The Netherlands, Germany and Thailand In 2004, Christopher was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction for A Kiss from Maddalena In 2005, Castellani published The Saint of Lost Things, which continues the story of A Kiss from Maddalena but is a stand alone novel The same is true for All This Talk of Love Algonquin, February 2013 , which completes the trilogy, and was a New York Times Editors Choice His new novel, Leading Men will be published in early 2019 by Viking Penguin The author was educated at Swarth College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University He works as Artistic Director of Grub Street, one of the nation s leading independent writing centers, and also teaches fiction in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, at Swarth College, and at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Christopher Castellani lives in Boston, MA.


  • I m very iffy about Romances and I swear it has nothing to do with my apparent lack of experience in the love department Sure, I sit down for the occasional chick lit from time to time, but I usually avoid hardcore love stories because most of the time they end up pretty much generic it s either too draggy and full of fluff that I get bored waiting for my tears to come out or it s too plain melodramatic that I get bored to tears I blame it on my having read Nicholas Sparks at age 9.I am therefor [...]

  • My entire Italian American family has read this trilogy and we are head nodding in agreement for our admiration Castellani captures the Italian American experience like few others But what makes A Kiss for Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love remarkable is the realistic evolution of the characters Maddalena the plucky country girl of book one becomes the provincial, ignorant and somewhat bigoted American housewife in book two Her husband, Antonio the interloper, eventua [...]

  • Depressing, bizarre and disorganized Oddly enough I was mildly impressed with his descriptions of the scenery Kind of reminded me of Cormac McCarthy because I never really became enchanted with the story Only with the imagery and descriptions.

  • Downloading this on a kindle for a recent plane trip I was amazed to discover a real gem This story is set in Italy during and after WWII, mainly about the coming of age love affair between teenagers Vito and Maddalena It is reminiscent of the RomeoJuliette saga With a first hand look of the war and how it affected Italy in its aftermath, we see families trying to live through and pick up the pieces literally of their war torn lives.The town of Santa Cecilia has many traditions and close family [...]

  • What a delightful slice of heaven this book was I loved every word, and savored this book like a delicious Italian gelato Romance, the Italian country side, coming of age, betrayal This book had it all and had me in tears at the end I m happy to find the story continues in a second book, which I plan to start this week I recommend it as a lazy, romantic book Not a thriller or mystery that you can t put down, but definitely a page turner that gets you involved in its characters and where they end [...]

  • I tried I tried to finish but this is such a boring book I couldn t engage with any f the characters or the writing I really can t pin down what it was about the book something seemed dormant and dull in the narrative Wouldn t recommend.

  • Read this when it first came out Its a trilogy and the last one was just released Loved it although that was a long time ago

  • I m not sure how I felt about this book I may give it closer to a 3.5 than a 3, only because the ending kept me on my toes However, most of the book was a bit slow, and I found it sort of hard to focus, especially when the war was going on, and Vito was trying to find his place in Santa Cecilia I would have liked to read about the interaction between Vito and Carolina near the end of the book but, the author decided to leave that in the air, focusing solely on Antonio and Maddalena I felt that [...]

  • Born after the end of World War II, my earliest memories are happy ones of family connections, a great sigh of relief followed by a time of great hope My mother and aunts no longer had the responsibilities of juggling work shifts and child care My father and uncles returned safely from their Europe and Pacific assignments.In this first book of three about Maddalena Piccinelli and her family, Christopher Castellani captures a big story about a group of characters in the small town of Santa Cecili [...]

  • I saw this on the 101 Nook books under 2.99 list on Barnes and Noble and decided to give it a try This book reminds me of so many other stories that I love Set during and after WWII in Italy it s a story about living up to the expectations of others with a Romeo and Juliet ish, in love but parents are in the way, sort of romance This is not a bodice ripper type of romance so if you re looking for that, don t look here.Vito, a bit of an outcast and referred to as a mama s boy for caring for his i [...]

  • Chris Castellani is right up there with the M.T Andersons of the world, the writers who make the rest of us want to give up because we can never approach them in talent To make matters worse, I met Chris at a PEN New England event, and he s an instantly likeable, charismatic, down to earth guy Some people get all the breaks.The beating heart of A KISS FROM MADDALENA is Vito, Vito, Vito I love Maddalena, love her sweetness, her composure, her sense of duty occasionally corrupted by passion And th [...]

  • Edit after reading entire series I m adding back the star I deducted for being forced to part ways with the compelling and beautifully rendered young Vito Leone I admit to a pang of reader rage at the end of the first book of the three, because it was clear that we would leave behind my favorite character BUT the three part series works so well with Maddalena at its center, and renders the Italian immigrant experience so poignantly and accurately, that I had to concede that I trust the author an [...]

  • I got this book from a friend s mom who said she absolutely loved it It was very slow moving, so I was totally meh about the book until about 50 pages from the end, when basically everything turns on it s head in a pretty interesting way At that point, I began to understand why these very slowly but intricately developed characters had been given so much thought, and the fact that I knew them all so well by that point made the end very heartwrenching, like it was happening to friends of mine Tha [...]

  • This romantic novel begins in a remote Italian village in May 1943, while Italy is still an ally of Germany Vito, 18 years old, scrawny and relatively poor, falls for 16 year old Maddalena, the beautiful daughter of the owner of the town s general store The book is mainly the story of their relationship through September 1945, after Italy has switched sides and the War has impacted their village and finally ended Family loyalty, class differences, and religious beliefs at that time and place are [...]

  • The ending was sad, but not in the way I predicted, so it was kind of a refreshing take on a, what I now see, as a pretty classic love story In a very clever way, Castellani has made the characters very sympathetic but also realistic, so you rooted for them at the end, and felt for their troubles and fates It was also impressive how he was able to condense an entire village of characters into the end, and sort of encompass their entire lives, in a way Unfortunately, I had somehow stumbled on how [...]

  • I have no idea where I got this book It was at my house for ages, so I read it on the plane on a trip to my sister s house.For some odd reason, this book reminded me of the movie Life is Beautiful And not just because it took place in Italy My heart kept breaking for Vito, while at the same time he wasn t a totally sympathetic character Maddalena, on the other hand, I didn t feel like I knew well enough.Loved the description of the town, the area, etc I could actually see the town in my mind s e [...]

  • This was another random choice from my groaning bookshelves warm weather, italian romance I thought, but this isn t your classic love story Set during the German retreat from the Allies, this is rural Italy in poverty and fear and that backdrop dominates together with the idea of emigration to the US as an escape to paradise Vito is a wonderful character building a bike from its bits and selling rides for a kiss, he goes home each night to care for his mentally ill mother, and there are times in [...]

  • A deeply felt story, A Kiss from Maddelena is not your ordinary romance novel.Christopher Castellani writes with the power and emotion of a seasoned writer, proving that he belongs in the world of words Vito is immediately lovable, Maddelena is strong willed and sweet at the same time The family members surrounding them are compliments and opposites The deep convictions of love are bound to prevail from the start But, twists and turns change it s course, leaving the reader astonished The scenes [...]

  • Really enjoyed this Although set in my favorite time period centering on WWII, it was new material for me I ve not ever read any perspectives about Italy s involvement in the war The story was interesting and the writing was enjoyable but I think the strength of the book comes from the character development and insight.I also very much liked the way the loose ends were addressed at the end of the novel In one or two paragraphs we saw where the characters progressed to and how each of their stori [...]

  • This love story is set in Italy in WWII I am not a fan of romance novels and this book could have taken that terrible turn, but it didn t I felt I was actually getting a glimpse of the WWII experience through the eyes of the Italians This story is beautifully written I can t say too much for fear of giving anything away I will say that my favorite character was Carolina I think I am a lot like her Maddalena on the other hand I wanted to grab that girl and shake her I will say this book was we [...]

  • I downloaded this book from nook books under 2.99 looking for an inexpensive read from a different author I loved this book and found myself pleasantly surprised that it had been found on a bargain search His second novel, with a excerpt at the end, continues the story of this Italian family, and I will be continuing the read as well My first read of World War II based in Italy Recommend it

  • Interesting historically, culturally, and romantically, this is the story of life in a small Italian town as WWI destroys lives One small town with a large family is the focus here, and particularly the beautiful young Maddalena, coming of age and falling in love, but not with the man who would take her to America First of a series, or trilogy, third book just published, I m on to the second now.

  • This book was a wonderful read I felt instantly connected to the characters, and the setting was beautifully described I could almost feel the Italian sun and smell the olive groves The relationship between Vito and Maddalena was true, but I was constantly mad at Maddalena for not following her heart I cheered for Vito the whole way, and the end of the novel was somewhat sad and heartbreaking Over all, it was a well written, highly emotional novel and I loved the reading experience.

  • This should be a 3.5 book.Love story but with a twist 1943, the small village of Santa Cecilia, Italy Maddalena and Vito their ups and downs and the twisted paths of love, family ties, and war.A cast of small town characters and young love Hard to describe but a good read, will definitely read other books by this author It was a Book Club choice local author so may not have read it otherwise, but glad it was chosen.

  • A sweet, sometimes bittersweet story Clean and wholesome The time and place were well crafted and it was a quick, easy read But the end felt very rushed and it seemed like it was set up for a sequel without really completing the first books journey So that brings the rating down from 3 stars to 2.5 stars I enjoyed it, but it wasn t so good that I want to read books in the series.

  • Written so well, this is an alluring portrayal of wartime Italy The characters are so subtly presented and the relationships so real I love Maddalena, I love Vito, I love Carolina All the characters endear themselves to the reader It is to Castellani s credit that he can write a love story tragic and yet so lovely.

  • I had a hard time deciding between three and four stars, but I did really like this book, so four stars it is A story set in Italy during World War II, but about the characters than anything historical I love it when you can t wait to turn the page to see what happens, and I felt this way in several parts of the story Solid read Interesting ending.

  • I wanted to read Castellani s book, All This Talk of Love, but I found out this was a trilogy, so I read, A Kiss for Maddelena I loved this romantic story of Vito and Maddelena set in the time of World War II in a small Italian village I can t wait to read the next novel in the trilogy, The Saint of Lost Things.

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