An expanding, fifty year portrait of Italian-Americans, this is as warmly human as its predecessor, The Paesanos (Little, Brown --P. 214 -- 1940). From Luigi's immigration to America and his finding his wife, through the events of their marriage, the story takes them. Their life in the Colorado mining district, then in the cities where Marietta's driving force sent them; the growing family; the constant threat of the Black Hand; the milestones of the years in the careers of their children, building up and softening down to the golden wedding. A tighter, smoother textured tale than the earlier book, in a story of the slow rooting in new worlds and new times, told with natural humor and kindliness. Market parallels that for Mangione's Mount Allegro.