Miss Giardino

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 1997 - Fiction - 186 pages
Miss Giardino is a rare testament to the inner life of a teacher, and to the possibility of growth and self-discovery at any age. As the novel begins, retired schoolteacher Anna Giardino is found unconscious in front of the high school where she once taught, in San Francisco's Mission District. She is unable to remember what has happened or who she is. Gradually, Anna begins to recover tender but painful memories of her Italian American, working-class childhood, of her escape through education, and of her years devoted to teaching. But Anna must acknowledge that she has arrived at the end of her career estranged - from herself, from her profession, and from the students she sought to enlighten. Only when she confronts the events surrounding her mysterious "accident" can Anna accept and affirm her life.
 

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These two books by Bryant share similar themes: Ella Price's Journal (1972) and Miss Giardino (1978) both tell stories of women whose fates are changed by education late in their lives. Read full review

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Dorothy Bryant is a native San Franciscan, the daughter of immigrants from northern Italy. She attended public schools in the Mission District, then San Francisco State University, completing a BA in music (1950) and an MA in creative writing (1964). From 1953 to 1976 she taught music and English in Bay Area high schools and colleges, spending the most time at Contra Costa College, after moving to Berkeley in 1964. She began writing fiction and articles in 1960.

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