Behind Closed Doors: Her Father's House and Other Stories of Sicily

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Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2007 - Italian fiction - 196 pages
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Maria Messina presents the captivating and brutal realities of women living in early-twentieth-century Italy. Behind Closed Doors portrays the habits and gestures, the words spoken and those left unsaid, of individuals caught between the traditions they respect and a desire to ease the social restrictions in their lives. Messina's stories reveal a world in which women are shuttered in their houses, virtual servants to their families, and working men immigrate to the United States in fortune-seeking droves. It is also a world of unstated privileges in which habits and implied commands perpetuate women's servitude.

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