Under the Light of the Italian Moon: Inspired by a true story of love and women's resilience during the rise of fascism and WWII

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Amsterdam Publishers
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.98 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer Anton is an American/Italian dual citizen born in Joliet, Illinois, and now lives between London and Lake Como, Italy. A proud advocate for women's rights and equality, she hopes to rescue women's stories from history, starting with her Italian family. In 2006, after the birth of her daughter, Jennifer suffered a life-threatening post-partum cardiomyopathy, and soon after, her Italian grandmother died. This tumultuous year strengthened her desire to capture the stories of her female Italian ancestors. In 2012, she moved with her family to Milan, Italy, and Chicago Parent published her article chronicling the benefits of traveling the world with children. Later, she moved to London where she has held leadership positions in brand marketing with companies including AB InBev, Revlon, Shiseido, and Tory Burch. Jennifer is a graduate of Illinois State University where she was a Chi Omega and holds a master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago. Under the Light of the Italian Moon is her first novel, based on the lives of her Italian grandmother and great grandmothers during the rise of fascism and World War II.


'I could not tear myself away from this beautifully written Italian saga about women keeping families together against all odds during Mussolini's despotic rule. Will bring tears to your eyes... I recommend this epic book highly.'

- Angela Petch, bestselling author of The Tuscan Girl

'Under the Light of the Italian Moon is a moving and eloquent tale of choosing love in times of war, fortitude in times of hardship and hope in times of heartbreaking loss. Anton's masterful and touching tribute to the women of her family is not only an important addition to the literature of the lived experiences of the wars, but also to that of strong, brave women triumphant in great adversity.'

- Indie McDowell, Founder and Director, Atsede Clinic, Secretary, Global Alliance of Independent Midwives

'Anton has brought to life the history and importance of the role of the rural Italian midwife and shows the world how these women brought children to the light in the middle of 1920s and 30s Italy despite intense difficulties and pressures.'

- Gaetano Manfreda, Head of Didactic Service, Department of Women's and Child Health, University of Padua

'A rich tapestry of Italian life through a turbulent time its history, exploring love, loss and sacrifice through the lives of a remarkable family of women.'

- Debbie Rix, bestselling author of The Italian Girls

'A moving, charming, poetic story, intelligent and well-written. And romantic, too. I was absorbed.'

- Nicholas Coleridge, bestselling author of A Much Married Man

'In these populist days many of us know or have known how perplexing it is to live under a domineering leader who thinks he is always right. Back in 1922, Benito Mussolini in Italy was the first such person in modern times to scar his country's history. In this novel which mixes family memory, history and literary insight, Jennifer Anton gives us a case study from the interwar which is timeless in its themes and search for meaning.'

- Richard Bosworth, Professor R.J.B. Bosworth FASSA, FAHA, Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College Oxford, Author of Claretta: Mussolini's Last Lover

'I was swept away by this powerful story and found myself rooting for the brave, strong women who survived against all odds under Mussolini's brutal regime. A stunning debut!'

- Imogen Matthews, bestselling author of The Hidden Village

'A family saga of strong women spanning through generations and two world wars. A love story across two continents-told with passion and compassion. Well written and highly recommended.'

- Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China

'A brilliant and meticulously researched debut. Riveting, devastating at times, yet full of hope... a must-read for all fans of historical fiction.'

- Ellie Midwood, USA Today bestselling historical fiction author

'An enthralling, richly crafted story of bold women resisting destruction, death, and fascism.'

- Robin Pickering-Iazzi, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee