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"WHY DO WE EXIST... WHY DO WE STRIVE TO SURVIVE... IF NOT TO HELP EACH OTHER."

Joe is the successful screenwriter behind a series of blockbuster movies, but his personal life is in shambles. He hasn’t had a date in over eighteen years, and his relationship with the daughter he raised by himself has gone off the rails. Once a sweet and affectionate child, Sofia’s personality
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Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Iguana Books
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Hans
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Reading this book is like watching a romantic Hollywood movie. It's love at first sight but never overly sentimental. Joe and Jennifer are an admirable couple. They are always bouncing of each other in harmony.
It's also very realistic. Making life bearable for children diagnosed with cancer. Jennifer and Sofia take great care of that. Children with Asperger are addressed as well. A haunting story.

I can't help wondering what part is fiction and what part is autobiographical.

I would like to
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Lori Krause
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me from chapter one. It was heartbreaking and cheerful all in one. It brought back memories that I thought I had filed away for good. Sometimes you read a book thinking it will be a tear-jerker, or overly emotional and then are pleasantly surprised that it has the same sentiment but is delivered in a way that it sneaks up on you. By the time I finished this book, I was happy as I was sad. I'm glad I took a chance on this one.
Cheryl
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have said it before and I will say it again Mr. Sciuto is a very wonderful storyteller. He breathes such life into his characters which in turn brings the story to life. This book was no exception.

Joe was fine but he was made a better man by Jennifer. She just won me over the moment that I met her. Which, I was not the only one as Joe did as well. I like that Jennifer was so kind but at the same time had a sassy side and was not afraid to call Sofia out on her spoiled attitude. This "tough
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Thomas Zman
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. The story really pulled at my heart strings. I'm not normally one for love stories, yet this work of Mr. Sciuto's has brought together some of the greatest character elements from his previous books and fine-honed their edges so as to smoothly fit into this extraordinary novel. For someone with seemingly endless amounts of money, the main character Joe had a tremendous void in his life until Jennifer came into it like an angel sent from Heaven. The religious overtones were very ...more
Ken
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Joseph Sciuto’s novel Sofia may be his best work yet. I wouldn’t give much weight to that analysis as I’ve said the same thing for his last four stories! This beautiful story of love and devotion is a 180-degree turn from his previous books only to land at a 360-degree return to the bonafide Scuito genre!

Once I received my copy of Sofia, which I intended to read at a relaxed undisturbed time. I made the mistake of thinking I would read only one chapter. I was unable to cease my reading until I
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Mercedes Warner
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Joseph Sciuto ever since I started reading the wonderful pieces he wrote about famous people, such as Sam Shepard and Mary Tyler Moore, and especially the pieces he wrote about his family back in the Bronx.

Since then I have read all his books, which were all great; and so when I read that his new book "Sofia" was out I immediately downloaded it to my kindle.

If his other books were great, this one is even better. In a strange sense, the topic took me by surprise but what
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Christine O'Brien
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I brought this book with me while on vacation with family and I started it on the plane and finished it on the beach. This novel I could not put down because I was right away drawn and invested in these characters. I yearned to know what happens next. I laughed and giggled as I was reading this and then some parts I got really worried but it brought out a lot of emotions in me. It’s rare to find a book that has family drama, love story of two people from different worlds, dealing with illness ...more
Andres Lopez
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful novel by Joseph Sciuto. I have assigned two of his previous books, "Targeted Demographics" and "Per Verse Vengeance" to one of my college English classes I teach and "Sofia" will definitely be the third one I assign. "Sofia" is beautiful written, the characters are forever evolving, and the story is captivating. The subject matter is pediatric oncology and its effects on three members of a family. It is in no way a sad novel, but an insightful, humorous, touching look at this ...more
Christina
I love this story. It is a short book. I have two kids with Autism, and I love books with characters that have Autism in it. I won this book from a goodreads giveaway.
Kim Territo
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Sweet story.
Kimberly Brischetto
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Sofia is a young women that grew up with a loving single father. Sofia just moved out of her fathers house and It seems like she has pulled away from her Father and doing a bit of rebelling. Joe,, Sofias father, is an extremely successful screenwriter that has not been on a date in 18 years, likes to drink and watch I Love Lucy. During a doctors appointment Joe meets Jennifer a pediatric nurse that was born and raised in Kentucky. They instantly hit it off and immediately Jennifer moves in with ...more
Melissa Smith
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was looking forward to the release of Joseph Sciuto’s new novel, SOFIA, that I ordered the book, then ordered the Kindle edition because I couldn’t wait to read it!

I was not disappointed. His rich character studies and beautiful descriptions never disappoint. SOFIA explores the possibilities that life offers…second chances, relationship challenges, expectations, disappointments and coping with difficulties.

Sciuto approaches each relationship with clear-eyes and accepts his characters for what
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Paul Mendoza
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Sofia" by Joseph Sciuto is the type of novel that stays with you long after you have read it. It is a beautifully written book about a family of three and how each one deals with the specter of pediatric oncology. The characters are amazingly well developed, evolving in a way that is both inspirational and humorous...The dialogue is fantastic. It is in no way a sad book, actually I laughed more than I usually do reading a comedy, but it is does leave one thinking and asking the question, "Why ...more
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Joseph Sciuto was born and raised in New York City, where he spent his early years listening to his Italian-American grandmother’s vivid stories about how their family was responsible for building much of the impressive Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building. The rich flavor of her stories about their family’s heritage still works its way through his writing.

Sciuto holds degrees
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