Harvard Square Editions announces the publication of Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant
Coming of Age Story, a debut novel by Joe Giordano.
What turns the gentle mean, and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect?
Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the
twentieth-century when New York’s streets were paved with violence and disappointment.
Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed
murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is an American of Italian parents. She’s ambitious but
strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo vie for her affection.
Azzura, Leonardo, and Carlo confront con men, Tammany Hall politicians, the
longshoreman’s union, Camorra clans, Black Hand extortion, and the Tombs prison.
Bio: Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Naples. Joe and his wife, Jane, have lived in Brazil, Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu Sophia. Joe’s stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines including Bartleby Snopes, Newfound Journal, and The Summerset Review.