In her teens, Donna Greco decides that happiness means marriage, children, and wealth. Throughout her life, she pushes her freewheeling, artistic brother, Vincent to adopt this same conventional view. However, he chooses to go his own way and as the years pass, she grows to realize that he may have had the right idea about how to live all along.
“”a moving story of two Italian American siblings across several decades…graceful prose…poignant character driven story,”” Publisher’s Weekly” “
THE BIRD THAT SANG IN COLOR by Grace Mattioli
“”a moving story of two Italian American siblings across several decades…graceful prose…poignant character driven story,”” Publisher’s Weekly
“”highly polished artistic prose…evolves fluidly; with great heart and humour…A consummate exponent in the art of storytelling and skilled in the imagery of words…Without exception, the characters are all emotionally complex…lyrical and lovingly written…profound and thought provoking,”” Fiction Books Biz Book Reviews
“”a refreshing family portrait about interpersonal evolution…presented with affection, humor, and insight…an inspiring slice of life blend of philosophy, psychology, and transformation that draws readers into a warm story and examines the wellsprings of creative force and future legacies…evocative, uplifting,”” Midwest Book Review
“”The periods and places are so well realised, with the kind of simple, yet revealing, strokes Donna admires in her brother’s drawings. This is writing of the highest quality…it is a book that makes you think, to question your assumptions. And that is something that the best literature sets out to do,”” Rosie Amber Book Reviews
“”The clear simplicity of the writing, the beautiful distillation of many years of life into flowing pages, all brings Donna and her family to life. The dramas and successes, the good times and family traditions and the not so good – all wonderfully depicted. It left me with plenty to think about – what would the pictures of my life be? How does one think about success in terms of achievements, and so much more,”” Emma B. Books Reviews
From the Author:
This novel was inspired by my finding my own brother’s pictorial autobiography, which so keenly depicted the colorful, rich life he had. Seeing these pictures had a profound effect on me as they made me question what pictures I would have of myself by the end of my life, and so, inspired me to live more fully. I really wanted to share this insight and inspiration with the world.