2016-03-16 / Book Review

‘Bittersweet’ 1960s Sicily


Author Rosanna Chiofalo 
Photos Edgardo Aponte Author Rosanna Chiofalo Photos Edgardo Aponte “Rosalia’s Bittersweet Pastry Shop,” a novel by Rosanna Chiofalo, uncovers the special significance of food as the food writer Claudia Lombardo, uncovers a bakery beside a Sicilian convent, which produces a dessert beloved by all those who taste it.

Food – which brings people together, comforts and heals the wounds of strained relationships, and revives memories – is a theme which Chiofalo explores, set within the Swingin’ 1960s.

A first generation Italian-American author and resident of Forest Hills, Chiofalo uncovers a thoughtful and emotional novel set in the beautiful Italian landscape of Sicily. As an avid traveler, Chiofalo incorporates the setting of the places she has visited in her novels, not to mention her cultural background and interest in trying out new recipes. Chiofalo, has authored “Stella Mia,” “Bella Fortuna” and “Carissima” and has also been featured in the October 8, 2014 issue of the Queens Gazette’s Local-Express column.“Rosalia’s Bittersweet Pastry Shop” by Rosanna Chiofalo will be available in June (304 pp., Kensington Publishing Corporation, $15.00). “Rosalia’s Bittersweet Pastry Shop” by Rosanna Chiofalo will be available in June (304 pp., Kensington Publishing Corporation, $15.00).

Working through the themes of love, loss and redemption, and family, Chiofalo writes a book perfect for those who also love food.

Booklist writes, “A gorgeous setting…the mountains and islands of Sicily, the fabulous clothes of the late sixties, and the emotional power Sarina feels when singing stand out.”

“Rosalia’s Bittersweet Pastry Shop” by Rosanna Chiofalo will be available in June (304 pp., Kensington Publishing Corporation, $15.00).

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