Edges, both jagged and sharp, spring from the
tension of living and maturing between two conflicting factors:
cultural assimilation – on the one hand suppressing ethnic identity
in the public square – and on the other, developing a personal
identity which internalized that heritage. Edge upon edge, these
elements represent the conflicts for Italian immigrants within the
melting pot of L’america. This collection of memoirs and reflections, poetry and prose, takes the reader through one man’s experiences
as a first born Italian in America and an American in Italy.
Italian-Americans will recognize the challenges of assimilation
in “Edge City”. Readers of all ethnicities
will gain a new understanding of
the Italian culture in America.