PICCOLA by Helen La Penia


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A segment of childhood, which is gentle and artlessly appealing, for the story of serious, speculative Piccola left in a convent in Italy at the death of her mother and only remotely aware of the world beyond those walls. Changes come suddenly, and are accepted reluctantly, as Piccola is taken from the convent first to live with an uncle, then with her Italian grandparents, and finally with the American artist-father when she does not remember, and whose absence and desertion she comes to understand when she realize how deeply he was affected by the death of her mother. He took her to America and they settled in a New England village, and gradually Piccola makes the transition to a new life and a new world. Slight story -- with no political implications although the background is relatively contemporary -- affecting in its innocence.

Pub Date: June 13th, 1945
Publisher: Harper