The December issue of Fra Noi, the journal of record for the Italian-American Community of Chicagoland for more than three decades featured Birds of Passage, an Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story on page 106.
“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 immigrant experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York’s streets were paved with violence and disappointment.
In 1905, Leonardo leaves Naples to seek his fortune. Carlo committed murder and escapes. Azzura is American of Italian parents. She’s ambitious but strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo compete 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.
Part thriller, part love story, part coming-of-age narrative, Birds of Passage reaches beyond the typical mafia novel.”