Historical / Family Saga

One Family’s Story of Coming to America

May 20, 2013
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Confession is good for the soul, even after the soul has been claimed.

The novel “Forty Years in a Day” by Mona Rodriguez begins in Italy, 1900. After years of torment and neglect, Victoria and her four small children emigrate to Hell’s Kitchen, New York, to escape her alcoholic, abusive husband.

Indie author Mona Rodriguez

On the day they leave, he tragically dies, but she doesn’t learn of his death for several years — it’s a secret that puts many lives on hold.

Quickly, they realize America’s streets are not paved with gold, and the limits of human faith and stamina are tested time and again.

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Poverty, illness, death, kidnapping, and the reign of organized crime are just some of the crosses they bear.

Now, Victoria’s eldest son, Vincenzo, is the sole surviving member of the family, and he shares a gut-wrenching account of their lives with his daughter Clare during a visit to Ellis Island on his 90th birthday. He explains how his life, and the lives of his siblings, have been secretly intertwined with an infamous Irish mob boss. And he ends his unsettling disclosure with a monumental request that leaves Clare speechless.

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The Indie Author Life

To cliche, or not to cliche. Indie author Mona Rodriguez explains her dilemma in a recent blog post, “Cliches and dreams…

While writing FORTY YEARS IN A DAY, I had a dilemma about using clichés. Writers are taught not to use them at any expense because it makes their writing seem unoriginal, but sometimes I have to struggle to stay away from the cliché. Oh yes, some are ridiculous, like the cliché “everything has its place.” How does anyone agree with it, never mind repeat it. Everything does not have a place. I don’t see a place for war, for poverty, for sickness, for lack of educational opportunity, but they exist. So, yes, some cliché’s are senseless, and yet some are such that they say what you want to say the best and most concise way it can be said.

After much thought and consideration, I have come to the decision that some clichés definitely have a place, like the cliché “dreams really do come true.” I am not talking about the dreams you have when your eyes are closed and you’re fast asleep. The dreams I am referring to occur when the eyes are wide open and they churn in the mind for years, even decades, and sometimes even lifetimes. The thing is, when a dream comes to fruition, it becomes reality, and it metamorphoses into another dream that could not have been conceived without the culmination of the previous one, and only then do we begin to plan the next journey, relish in the possibilities, and believe in the outcome.

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