A Canadian of Italian origin, Patrizia’s fascination with her family history began at the age of 12. On summer holiday in southern Italy, she would crawl into her grandmother’s bed and ask a multitude of questions about life growing up in the village. An animated storyteller, her grandmother would happily divulge detailed, colourful answers. Since then, Patrizia has been intrigued by the traditions, and values of village life in Calabria. Through her writing she hopes to capture the stories told to her by her grandmother and other elders, and offer a glimpse into a lifestyle that is vanishing into modernity.
Patrizia inherited the storyteller gene, although she has chosen to tell stories in the area of marketing and communication. Patrizia began her career in the marketing department of a publishing house in western Canada. In 2001, driven by a deep interest in her family history, she moved to Milan. There, she worked for a multinational publishing company, De Agostini. In 2004, she was posted to London, where she has lived and worked – as a consultant and copywriter – ever since.
The Lamp and the Little Lights is the story of women in southern Italy between the 1940s and the 1960s. The passionate rivalry between headstrong sisters leads to disastrous consequences for all involved.
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