Drawing on rare sources and archival material Helen Barolini has collected for the first time in one volume fifty-six works by Italian American women writers.
"Helen Barolini, a novelist and poet, has pulled together these disparate parts—prose and poetry, one play, some oral history and a good deal of fiction—and introduced them with a cogent essay about the barriers to Italian-American women writers, within their own ethnic tradition as well as within the world of publishing."—The New York Times Book Review
"Barolini's powerful introduction, exploding the silence of Italian American women writers, is an impassioned and magnificent contribution . . . It is a book of heroic recovery and affirmation."—Alice Walker
Helen Barolini is the author of seven books including Umbertina and Chiaroscuro: Essays of Identity. She has also written over fifty short stories and essays which have appeared in numerous publications. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.