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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 The Italian Girl
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'A true story of love, loss and mothers and daughters across generations In 2001 Rebecca Huntley's maternal grandmother - her Italian nonna - died.

This sparked a decade-long search for the "truth" about her grandmother's life, and the lives of the men and women in her family from Innisfail, Northern Queensland, during the hard times of World War II. The nonna Rebecca knew was a kind-hearted and quiet individual. Short and slight, she was a wonderful cook who embroidered every day of her life. Rebecca loved her dearly but saw her as a conservative, pliant and generally uninteresting Italian woman. After her death, however, incredible stories of her nonna as a young woman surfaced and Rebecca realised that she didn't know her at all. Learning more about nonna stirred up old ghosts in Rebecca's relationship with her mother and challenged Rebecca's own sense of self as she, pregnant with her first child, had to wonder what it really means to be a mother. With evocative stories and tender honesty, Rebecca takes us on this significant search.' Source: http://uqp.com.au (Sighted 03/04/2012).

Notes

  • Dedication: To my nonna, my mother, my sister, my daughter ...
  • Epigraph: 'When this war is finished, if the story [of internemnt] is ever published, it will astound decent honest Australian people.' The Hon. Cecil 'Nugget' Jesson, Labor Party Queensland parliamentary representative for Kennedy (1935-50) and Hinchinbrook (1950-60)
  • Mariano Coreno's poem 'Australia' appears as an epigraph

Contents

* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,:University of Queensland Press , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Australiai"Australia,", Mariano Coreno , 1968 single work poetry

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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)
The Other Half Susan Johnson , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 August 2012; (p. 21-24)
Non Fiction Cheryl Jorgensen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 - 3 June 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Italian Girl Rebecca Huntley , 2012 single work autobiography
Non Fiction Cheryl Jorgensen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 - 3 June 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Italian Girl Rebecca Huntley , 2012 single work autobiography
The Other Half Susan Johnson , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 August 2012; (p. 21-24)
Autoethnography John Gatt-Rutter , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bilingual Cockatoo : Writing Italian Australian Lives 2014; (p. 150-164)
Last amended 3 May 2018 16:00:42
Subjects:
  • Innisfail, Innisfail area, Cardwell - Tully - Innisfail area, Ingham - Cairns area, Queensland,
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