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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Mezza Italiana : An Enchanting Story about Love, Family, la Dolce Vita and Finding Your Place in the World
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'Growing up in Brisbane in the 1970s and 80s, Zoë Boccabella knew if you wanted to fit in, you did not bottle tomatoes, have plastic on the hallway carpet or a glory box of Italian linens. Though she tried to be like "everyone else", refusing to learn Italian and even dyeing her dark hair blonde, Zoë couldn′t shake the unsettling sense of feeling "half-and-half" - half Australian, mezza italiana - unable to fit fully into either culture, or merge the two.

'Years later, she travels to her family′s ancestral village of Fossa in Abruzzo and discovers a place that is the stuff of fairytales - medieval castles, mystics, dark forests, serpent charmers and witches. As Zoë stays in the house that has belonged to her family for centuries, the village casts its spell. She begins to realise the preciousness of her heritage and the stories, recipes and traditions of her extended Italian family become a treasured part of her life. Then the earthquake hits...' (From the publisher's website.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: ABC Books , 2001 .
      Extent: viii, 370 pp.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 April 2011.
      ISBN: 9780733329548 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Autoethnography John Gatt-Rutter , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bilingual Cockatoo : Writing Italian Australian Lives 2014; (p. 150-164)
All the Flavor of Home 2011-2012 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 11 December - 12 January no. 214 2011-2012; (p. 10-11)
Untitled Chris Harrington , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 90 no. 6 2011; (p. 37)

— Review of Mezza Italiana : An Enchanting Story about Love, Family, la Dolce Vita and Finding Your Place in the World Zoë Boccabella , 2001 single work autobiography
Untitled Chris Harrington , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 90 no. 6 2011; (p. 37)

— Review of Mezza Italiana : An Enchanting Story about Love, Family, la Dolce Vita and Finding Your Place in the World Zoë Boccabella , 2001 single work autobiography
All the Flavor of Home 2011-2012 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 11 December - 12 January no. 214 2011-2012; (p. 10-11)
Autoethnography John Gatt-Rutter , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bilingual Cockatoo : Writing Italian Australian Lives 2014; (p. 150-164)
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