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The Strega and the Dreamer

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The Strega and the Dreamer is the story of a man who is willing to sacrifice everything for a dream, and a passionate woman questioning the confining roles allowed to 19th century women. Eva is an Italian Strega, a midwife and healer, fully committed to her small hilltop village. Marcello is a man with a dream of America-a dream that Eva does not share. Famine comes to the ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 13th 2012 by Createspace
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Donna
Mar 06, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
I was familar with this author. She wrote one of the best books I've read. Its title is "Ode to Minoa." So, when I saw the title of this book, I was thrilled! My Mother's Women ancestors were "Stregas." My Mother was unable to pratice her craft in the open, when I was growing up. But a year before She passed over the veil, She told me of our heritage.
Back to this book, it is SO good, even if you know nothing about what a Strega is, you will love this book! It goes back to Italy, where Women wh
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Bill Thibadeau
Mar 09, 2014 Bill Thibadeau rated it really liked it
This is the story of a woman (the Strega) and her husband (the dreamer) as they leave Italy in the end of the 19th century and try to make a better life in America. Yes, a lot of stories have been written about Italian immigration. Even though you may have read other similar themed books, I urge you to give this book a chance.

I found this book to be a wonderful expose' on the emotions of a husband and wife as they separately make this transition. I enjoyed how the husband made the trip to Americ
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Jeri
Jan 13, 2013 Jeri rated it really liked it
Italy late 1800's. a man is so discouraged with his future that he immigrates to America, thinking the roads are paved with gold. He leaves behind his wife and family promising to send for them soon. During their six year separation, Marcella struggles with just mere existence in America while his wife, Eva, becomes the village's Strega -- midwife and healer, well respected and loved ...and hones her abilities far beyond what is considered acceptable. She is content except for missing ...more
Cheri
Jan 20, 2013 Cheri rated it really liked it
I picked this book up as a freebie from ereaderIQ, and I intended to read it "at some point," but I had to move it up in my reading list after Jeri's glowing review. I'm so glad that I did. I enjoyed the way that the storyline unfolded (by labeling the chapters with the year, the plot did not need to be told in strictly flashback or chronological order). There were some really strong feminist themes, many surrounding female sexuality, which I thought the author did a great job addressing. I was ...more
Patricia
Dec 24, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
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A glimpse at life in a small Italian village in the late 19th century-- customs, strict rules of appropriate behavior and the important role of the strega (midwife). A story of families separated when the men leave the village in search of a better life in America and families reunited after years apart. Discrimination against Italians based on language, religion, customs, and poverty.

No sex (maybe a few brief scenes)
No violence
Mary M.
Nov 26, 2015 Mary M. rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, true book this is. Starting in late 19th century Italy, it is the story of Eva, the village strega (in the sense of wise woman, not evil witch) and her husband Marcello. Even though they share a great love, times are hard and Marcello feels it best to try to make a new life in America then send for his family later.
Later becomes much later. Marcello quickly learns that in America, the streets are not paved in gold. They are not paved at all. He is expected to pave them. The work
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