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Time to Journey Home: Story of Our Stories by Michael Pedretti brilliantly documents the author’s journey home to his ancestral roots. In this account, the author decides to visit a small valley in Italy where his forebears lived for a thousand years before moving to a Midwestern town in the mid-nineteenth century. While most epic tales explore physical prowess, war, and incredible feats, this epic tale explores the unique kindness and empathy of his ancestors: “No, our story is hidden in the mothers, ‘who long since left the shores of craving, supremacy, and war to explore generosity, affection, and creativity.’” Here is a story that involves many people, one that looks at a unique and essential element — the power of kindness and the place of the woman in our history.
Time to Journey Home: Story of Our Stories by Michael Pedretti is well-researched and readers feel the excitement of exploring their own past or revisiting their family history to uncover those human strengths that define them and that give them a vision. Michael Pedretti is a great storyteller with a unique sense of history and geography. He unearths gems of a civilization that can easily be lost in a selfish and consumerist culture like ours, where everyone fights for themselves, and where the most elemental of human values are quickly being replaced by a drive that is ego-centric. The writing features wonderful imagery, like the gorgeous descriptions of places like Genoa. Time to Journey Home is both enlightening and entertaining, a non-fiction narrative that compels the reader to look back and learn to read history from a new perspective. This author redefines the idea of epic.