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Pieces of Someday, Jan Vallone

Author:    Jan Vallone

Title:   Pieces of Someday

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Gemelli Press LLC January 2010

ISBN Number:    0982102356 / 9780982102350

Seller ID:   20100727175478

At the age of forty-four, Jan Vallone is everything her Italian American parents brought her up to be-a lawyer, wife and mother who owns a vintage home and takes European vacations. But instead of feeling happy and successful, she's consumed by frustration and anxiety that threaten to shatter her marriage and have dimmed her faith. Discarding prosperity and prestige, she takes a job teaching English at a yeshiva-an Orthodox Jewish high school-though she was raised Catholic. There, she opens her heart to her students, who bloom under her tutelage and teach her the meaning of faith and fulfillment. Set in New York, Seattle and Italy, Pieces of Someday portrays how one woman fuses the facets of her life-family, career, ethnicity, spirituality and dreams-into a cohesive picture as luminous as stained glass. From Reviewers Pieces of Someday is a gripping chronicle of one woman's disappointments and blessings. In this striking debut, Jan Vallone writes with tenderness, wisdom, and humor about family, faith, and legacies, and finding a place in the world. -Jocelyn Lieu, author of What Isn't There: Inside a Season of Change Jan Vallone's memoir is something rare: a story that is deeply personal, and yet one that will resonate with countless contemporary women seeking some deeper gratification beneath the surface of success. Her candor and her pointillist's eye for detail emerge in writing crafted with power and precision. -David Sobel, editor and writer, instructor at Eugene Lang College, The New School Vallone's prose shifts and gleams as surely and mysteriously as kaleidoscopic light. -Dani Boss, teacher, author of the memoir Little America Pieces of Someday is a beautifully-written account of fathers and daughters, teachers and students, successes and failures-the wonderful offspring of what Vallone calls her "dominant ponder gene." Holding up a defiant hand against the cynicism that has come to mark so much of America's story, she insists that the greatest success may be measured, not in the things we accumulate, but in the lives we touch. -Les Lamkin, teacher, author of the fiction collection Happiness is a Dead Wife Jan Vallone pulls our common experience into her personal memoir by weaving surprises through every chapter-some challenging, some unsettling, some smashing into truth, others gently leading to revelation. - Gwen Mansfield, teacher, author of the novel Experiment Station Road I laughed, I cried-mostly I related. Pieces of Someday is unflinching-a heart-wrenching memoir about one woman's battle against expectations. With this book, Jan Vallone brings light into the world and shows you've got to believe in people. -Isla McKetta, editor of Forum Magazine A gripping and earnest account of one woman's search for what truly matters in life. -Roxana Arama I was at once seized by this book. The story of Vallone's life in New York, Seattle and Italy is one to which every hungry reader can relate. Vallone's work is joyful, impassioned, and endearing; her book is truly a celebration of her life as a teacher, her reverence for tradition, and the embracing of multicultural paths. -Julie Greene, author of the memoir This Hunger Is Secret: My Journeys through Mental Illness and Wellness. http: //juliemadblogger.wordpress.com Vallone's life blooms on these pages like the flowers in her garden-fragrant, colorful, real. -David Berg, computer technician and musician

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