Taking it Home: Stories from the Neighborhood

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Fiction - 155 pages
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Italian-American stories told mostly through the eyes of children. In Ritual, a father and son form a new relationship as the result of a fishing trip, The Eyes of the Children is on an altar boy, and Ladies' Choice is on the ritual of Sunday dances. The setting is Chicago in the 1950s and 60s.
 

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TAKING IT HOME: Stories from the Neighborhood

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The style and originality lacking in these 12 commonplace stories is almost made up for in sincerity. Ardizzone cares about the moral and social dimensions of growing up in ethnic Chicago during the ... Read full review

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Contents

Baseball Fever
1
Nonna
19
The Eyes of Children
34
My Mothers Stones
45
Ritual
58
The Language of the Dead
70
The Man in the Movie
79
The Daughter and the Tradesman
89
World without End
102
Ladies Choice
113
Idling
123
Holy Cards
132
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About the author (1996)

Tony Ardizzone, a native of Chicago, is the author of five previous books of fiction, including "Heart of the Order" and "Larabi's Ox: Stories of Morocco". His work has received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, the Friends of Literature's Chicago Foundation Award for Fiction, and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, among other honors.

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