Black Madonna


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Simon & Schuster
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Louisa Ermelino is a reporter for InStyle magazine. She's worked at Time and People magazines and for the television show Top Cops. A native of the Italian neighborhood in New York City that borders Greenwich Village, she lives there with her husband, Carlo Cutolo. They have three daughters: Ariane, Ruby, and Lucy.


Rita Ciresi author of "Sometimes I Dream in Italian" Bad boys and good mothers -- or good boys and bad mothers? In "The Black Madonna, " Louisa Ermelino shows us three exasperating but lovable Italian mamas, and their equally exasperating but lovable sons. It's a "festa" worthy of the best held on Spring Street!
Fay Weldon author of "Affliction" and "A Hard Time to Be a Father" Wise, witty, warm -- all the expected things, but tough too, and literary. Ermelino is a first-division writer -- graceful and witty in her use of language, loyal to the truth, passionate and proud. If Scorsese was a woman and a novelist, one would expect no less from him.
Susan Isaacs author of "Almost Paradise" and "Shining Through""The Black Madonna" is a big-hearted, wise, and wonderfully observed novel about mothers and sons. Louisa Ermelino gives the reader all the life and glorious color of her characters and of New York's Little Italy.
Tom Perrotta author of "Joe College" and "Election" Moving gracefully across decades and continents, "The Black Madonna" recounts marvelous tales of love, friendship, jealousy, and magic. With apparent effortlessness, Louisa Ermelino creates a world full of larger-than-life characters that is at once both ordinary and miraculous.
Louise DeSalvo author of "Adultery" An endearing portrayal of working-class Italian-American women, their sons, their families, their lives, their loves, and their dreams in New York's Little Italy. Ermelino writes with sensitivity and compassion and a signature earthy charm.
Edwin Torres author of "Q&A" and "Carlito's Way""The Black Madonna" is an exquisite read. Teresa, Antoinette, and Magdalena, what a trio! These are not ladies who lunch, these are ladies that sit on tenement stoops, but they are just as lethal. The scenes at the Bronx hospital and in Italy are comically priceless. As has been said, Italiani, brava gente, but it is clear from these pages that "la femmina" rule the roost.
Vincent Patrick author of "The Pope of Greenwich Village" Louisa Ermelino is America's counterpart to Fellini and DeSica. She practices storytelling at its best. Lower Manhattan's Italian-American community has never been portrayed with more humor and love than in "The Black Madonna."