Italian Bones in the Snow
A Memoir in Shorts
Publication date: February, 2022
Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-925965-82-7
eBook: ISBN: 978-1-925965-83-4
★★★★★ "Reminded me of periods of my life as an Italian-American bambina." Justine Manzano, author of Never Say Never
Italian women don't always speak with their hands and cook with cheese. They use their eyes, legs, and fresh parsley too. They race around the kitchen, work a bunch of tasks at once, and get up after being knocked down. Then there’s the penchant for silent energies, colors, and music of all genres being played through large living room speakers in 1984.
But growing up as an Italian-American girl is not always baked ziti and the loud yelling dramatized on the big screen. In Italian Bones in the Snow, Elaina Battista-Parsons shines light on a palpable spirituality, a quiet adoration of nature, and a habit of speaking up—particularly when it’s modeled and deemed a survival skill. She explores the people and places in her life that stuck to her soul like candle wax. She celebrates pop culture, cemeteries, her boots, and 1980s nostalgia. Switching between prose and verse, she offers up real life stories about her relationship with Catholicism, winter weather, mental health, and men throughout her life.
Lyrical, poignant, and raw, these memoir shorts are all adorned in the unstoppable forces of nature called grandmothers, mother, and aunts. By the time you turn the last page, not only will you know Elaina better, but you'll also know yourself.