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Ciao! We're in Africa

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  6 reviews
I was born Maria Martore in 1934. But I have been renamed Iucci by my husband Eugenio Piergiovanni. He is thirteen years my senior, is fluent in three languages and is a charismatic businessman. We have left Italy and the only family I have ever known to go to Africa seeking adventures and fortune. I keep thinking - Is Africa really going to be that welcoming? Is my husban ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 10th 2018 by Ocean Reeve Publishing
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Roxanne Parker
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing story; a fantastic ending to a love story that began in ‘Goodbye to Italia’, this book had all the good parts...romance, history, drama, laughs and some tears.
The way the author described Africa in the book reminded me so much of my time there! A truly wonderful journey, highly recommended.
Linda Gray
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming tale of an Italian family in Rhodesia

This lovely book documents the life of the Piergiovanni family’s relocation to Rhodesia. Seen through eyes of the wife of a successful fashion designer, her simple narration perfectly captures the innocence of women in 1950s and the changes that occurred over the years. I sometimes thought the transitions from one story to the next were abrupt, leaving me longing for more detail, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first hand history of an interesti
Richard Marman
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Ciao! We're in Africa' is a satisfying conclusion to 'Goodbye to Italia'. We get an intimate insight to life in mid-20th Century Rhodesia. The idea of starting an up-market rag-trade business against the seething discontent of a time which included the Mau-Mau and Simba rebellions is intriguing. Nevertheless this is predominantly a character and emotionally based narrative which should please those who like to read if not rags-t0-riches, then a rags-to-relative comfort story during a tumultuous ...more
Rachel Minicozzi
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming from an Italian background there was a lot of element so could relate to. My family settled in Australia and how different it would of been if they settled in Africa. Loved following the lives of people who had nothing and established themselves.
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Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that CIAO! WE'RE IN AFRICA by Marisa Parker is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money! ...more
Jill Smith
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a follow on from ‘Goodbye to Italia’ a memoir of Marisa’s mothers' life. These are the memories of the period from 1955 to 1969. Maria ‘Iucci’ and her husband Eugenio married in Italy and not long after said goodbye to all their family and friends to set sail for Africa and a new life. This period covers a period of change in the world that is reflected in their lives.

The family were a very loving group who were sad to see them leave. She begins with the Family tree showing her mother a
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Ciao! I'm the middle daughter of Eugenio Piergiovanni and Maria (Iucci) Martore. I'm delighted that both my non-fiction books, based on my Italian parents' lives, are award-winning. With an age gap of thirteen years, my parents' experiences, before and after they were married, made for some rich and sometimes, challenging, writing material.
In “GOODBYE TO Italia” (2016), alternating chapters recou

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