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Maria Coletta McLean

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Toronto, Canada
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My father came from Italy (Supino, near Rome) to Toronto, Canada, where he worked for most of his life as a truck driver for Toronto Macaroni. He often talked about his 'route' which took him throughout Ontario from Windsor north to the Soo.
My mother was born in Greensburg PA but after the influenza epidemic which killed her mother the family returned to Colliano Italy (near Naples) before eventually coming to Toronto Canada
I am an English professor at Seneca College and in my spare time, I like to read and to write. Lately, after the launch of my 3rd book, Summers in Supino, I've been touring the northern states (NY, Ohio, PA, CT) and it's been a real pleasure to meet readers. I am constantly amazed at how many of them have roots in Italy.
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Maria Coletta McLean I'd go to PEI and live in the times of Anne of Green Gables. I'd teach in the one-room school house and write (using a fake name) and eat simple meals…moreI'd go to PEI and live in the times of Anne of Green Gables. I'd teach in the one-room school house and write (using a fake name) and eat simple meals and homemade pie. I love the idea of that simpler time. (less)
Maria Coletta McLean My grandmother died in the Spanish influenza attack in 1918 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and her death triggered a series of events. She and my grandfa…moreMy grandmother died in the Spanish influenza attack in 1918 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and her death triggered a series of events. She and my grandfather had 5 children together but there is no photo of my grandmother -- a quest to find a photo could be the plot for a book. I'd call it "Searching for Maria" because Maria was her name and it's also mine (less)
Average rating: 4.0 · 150 ratings · 30 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
Summers in Supino: Becoming...

3.88 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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My Father Came from Italy

4.15 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 2002
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My Father Came From Italy

4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Mamma MIA!: Good Italian Gi...

3.60 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2004
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New year, new story

I have a story coming out in mid-January in the Italian American magazine about my grandmother's death in the 1918 influenza epidemic in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the story is so relevant to today, and the Corona virus. You can read it here:
https://www.osia.org/italian-america-...


I'll send a reminder in mid-January because I'm just so excited about the story.

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So well done. We care about the characters, and we see all angles of a childhood drama,and how those feelings affect so many others. Do read it for yourself.
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Maria is finished with Summers in Supino: I reread Summers in Supino simply because it's a cold and worrisome January and I wanted to escape. :)
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" Lisa wrote: "Thank you Dear Maria. We will celebrate our books in Luciana's honour. How dearly I miss her."

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A big fat book with a lot of characters and a lot of stories. Enjoyed every page.
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