Piera: A True Story of Love and Survival in World War II Italy (English version)
Arrigo’s mother has published her memoirs in English describing her survival and love story during World War II Italy and Greece.
Arrigo’s mother has published her memoirs in English describing her survival and love story during World War II Italy and Greece. Her book is available electronically or in paperback online, including but not limited to Amazon.
The true story of a beautiful Tuscan girl, Piera, who escapes World War II through enemy infested Mediterranean waters to live out the rest of the war in Tuscany and northern Italy. Her story is available for the first time translated into English from the original Italian.
Piera witnesses the horrors of war firsthand, not only between the Allies and the Axis but also the simultaneous Civil War within Italy. She observes that all is not black and white: the victors are not necessarily good and the defeated are certainly not always evil.
Just after the war, she finds extraordinary but forbidden love with an exiled nobleman. A hard won and beautiful future appears to be theirs, but they are soon crushed by his aristocratic parents’ insurmountable opposition to their relationship. This is their story of personal triumph in the shadow of war.
In direct and straightforward prose, Piera offers a stirring account of events in Italy that have been rarely, if ever, discussed until now.