"Christ in Concrete" by Pietro Di Donato

A classic of Italian-American literature. The story of an immigrant boy struggling to take care of his family after the death of his father at a construction accident. Beautifully captures the life and times of Italian immigrants in the early part of the 20th century in a prose that is inventive and poetic. Donato’s prose seems to pre-date Kerouac’s “spontaneous Bop prosody” by a good thirty years. A powerful story about the exploitation and prejudice that many Italian immigrants faced at the time. Definitely one of the best---if not the best----book on this subject I’ve ever read so far. A deeply moving story which made me think of my own ancestors and what they may have faced when first coming to America. Highly recommended. Absolutely brilliant.

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