Geography of Shame: A Fictionalized Memoir
In Geography of Shame, Maryann Feola presents the life of New York City English professor, Arianna Naso, coming to terms with her family’s traumatic past. Adherence to old-world traditions and suspicious of modern life--especially where it empowered women--was the code of the hard working, hard drinking patriarchs ruling the roost. Growing up in a close-knit Italian American family, Ari often felt like the “square peg” her family was determined to place in a round hole. Her journey to self-fulfillment proves far worse than those encountered by the classical heroes she teaches. Separating the secrets from the sickness, Geography of Shame maps generations of family life from the rural hills of the Amalfi coast to the New York City shoreline near Brooklyn’s Verrazano Narrows.
About the author: Born and raised in New York City, Maryann Feola writes biography, historical and literary criticism, essays, and reviews. Her biography of the early Quaker, George Bishop, was published by Ebor Press, England and Syracuse University Press. She teaches literature and women’s studies at the City University of New York/The College of Staten Island.
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