Umbrian Twilight

Tra il Lusco e il Brusco

Non-Fiction - Memoir
210 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2013
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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

A slow stroll through the Italian countryside during harvest time is exactly what the reader will take while reading Umbrian Twilight by Giovanna Piccozzi. Meeting an air marshal, Mike, on her flight to her farm in Italy, the story of her ancestry, her tragedy, and her search for restoration unravel in a gentle story which is full of images of the Italian olive harvest, as well as the warmth and generosity of an Umbrian village and the care of the neighbors. The memories of family gardens and slow, lazy Sunday afternoons among family and friends blends to create a rich portrait in the soft tones of a soothing picture in Giovanna’s mind as she works to reconstruct a soul which has been grieving at the loss of one of her children. How can she count the losses in her life when there have been so many gains? One of those gains is found in the gentle Umbrian breezes as the sun begins to set.

Giovanna Piccozzi has painted a masterpiece with words in Umbrian Twilight which rivals the great masterpieces of the Italian painters. The soft tones and tender touch of her words not only ease the mind and sooth the soul of the heroine in the story, but they speak to the reader as well. The reader will take a quiet stroll through the gardens and village markets of the Italian countryside, feeling the cool breezes, smelling the delights from the kitchens, hearing the gentle laughter and watching the setting sun through the olive trees. Gentle, soothing and homey; Umbrian Twilight will take the reader on an unforgettable journey of the soul.

Mamta Madhavan

Umbrian Twilight - Tra il Lusco e il Brusco by Giovanna Piccozzi is the story of the author, Giovanna Piccozzi, who returns to her roots in Italy to take a break after a tragedy and heal herself. The author goes there to restart her life and her old Italian family farmhouse and farm becomes her home. She feels the warmth of the place consoling her soul and giving her peace. The maternal warmth of the village not only ties her to the place, but also to her children and her friends.

It is a heart-rending story of the author in search of peace and nurturing her soul. The story touches your heart with the scenic beauty of Italy, the friends the author makes there, the old woman who takes care of her, and her attachment to her ancestral home. The book is honest and genuine, and the spiritual tones give it an added appeal. The manner in which the author rebuilds her life and finds peace, in spite of the tragedy, is very inspiring and motivating.

Readers are exposed to scenes of Italy. The vivid and picturesque descriptions are detailed and add to the visual appeal of rural Italy. The bonds of family and history that pull the author back home are wonderful. The story is beautiful, poignant, and wistful and it will strike a chord in the heart of any reader.