The Laundress


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Barbara Sapienza, PhD, is a retired clinical psychologist and an alumna of San Francisco State University's creative writing master's program. She writes and paints, nourished by her spiritual practices of meditation, tai chi, and dance. Her family, friends, and grandchildren are her teachers. Her first novel, Anchor Out (She Writes Press, 2017), received an IPPY Bronze for Best Regional Fiction, West Coast. Her second novel, The Laundress (She Writes Press, 2020), received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Sapienza lives in Sausalito, California, with her husband.


"Wistful yet uplifting, the book mourns the fading past, while celebrating the intricate beauty of each passing moment. An acutely observed, tenderly philosophical novel that tells a wonderfully bittersweet story."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Barbara Sapienza has provided a blueprint for living and prevailing in the modern world of the 21st century."
--John D Bredehoeft, PhD, member of the National Academy of Engineering

"Sapienza elicits sympathy for her Italian immigrant heroine who has more ups and downs than San Francisco has hills, but whose travails and travels left me happy and hungry for Mexican food and espresso."
--Ann Ludwig, freelance travel writer, The New York Times

"Barbara Sapienza unfolds the tale with the same sensitivity and insight we saw in her previous novel, Anchor Out. With complex characters and a strong sense of place, Sapienza has created a world where Lavinia's memories are recovered with as much intuition as recollection."
--Kathy Andrew, author of The Creative Zone

"So beautiful and loving. A bittersweet odyssey of self-discovery from Naples to North Beach."
--Steven A. Foreman, MD., author of Breaking The Spell: Understanding Why Kids Do the Very Thing That Drives You Crazy

"A talented psychotherapist and author, Sapienza introduces us to Lavinia Lavinia, a dancing, bubblegum-chewing laundress, lost and searching to understand her roots. With smart and compelling writing she weaves a rich, psychologically accurate and complex tale of love, curses, loss and redemption. Lavinia will remain in your thoughts long after completing this wonderful book."
--Dr. Jessica Broitman, psychoanalyst, author, and president of the International Control Mastery Therapy Group