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My Father's Daughter, From Rome to Sicily by Gilda Morina Syverson

Pegasus Books in conjunction with Divine Phoenix Books
$17,95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941859-10-0
December, 2014
Memoir: Travel, Family Relationships
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“Gilda Morina Syverson’s beautiful memoir, My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily, is so rife with Italianate passion and sentiment that I was often spirited away—not just to Rome and Sicily, but to my parents’ kitchen, and the precincts of my past I most cherish. This is a travel book in every sense. Syverson—a savvy, funny, elegant tour guide—expertly escorts us through the gorgeous time-locked terrain of Italy, but also along the often precarious byways of the heart. This book risks everything: its humanity, its courage, its sheer unbridled candor, the moving sweep of its poetic language and its refusal to turn away from the breathtaking mystery of love and ancestry. Bravissimo!”
—Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2012-2014, author of Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, Essays

“Here’s what’s in store for you: A delightful journey into the heart of Italy, into the heart of this family, into the heart of what it means to be human. My Father’s Daughter is a beautifully crafted, moving, entertaining memoir that will win you over from page one. If five stars is the highest rating, I give this book six.”
—Judy Goldman, author of the memoir Losing My Sister

“Travel south from Rome with Gilda Morina Syverson. Let her show you her ancestral land through the eyes of her closest ancestors, her parents, who travel with her and her husband. It’s a trip well worth taking… vividly observed, richly detailed, gently humorous, and deeply poignant. The only thing better would be a trip to Italy.”
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and The Lincoln Letter

In this travel trilogy, My Father's Daughter, From Rome to Sicily, we are captivated by this passionate adventure with Gilda Morina Syverson as she journeys with her Italian-born father, Italian-American mother, and very-American husband among ancient sites of Rome, south to Sicily through landscapes of a picturesque countryside, seaside villages, and her family’s ancestral roots. This tale is not only about the land but also about relationships, family, love, mystery, and ancestry. With joy, angst, humor, and a quest to unearth a heritage, the journey of a lifetime is about to begin.

Gilda Morina Syverson, artist, poet, writer and teacher, is the author of the memoir My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily published by Pegasus Books in conjunction with Divine Phoenix Books. Syverson's story was a Novello Literary Award Finalist. She is the author of two poetry books: Facing the Dragon and In This Dream Everything Remains Inside. She has taught in the creative arts for over thirty-five years including fifteen years of memoir writing at Queens University of Charlotte. Her website is

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