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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

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I feel that the book started really strong and ended well, but it was quite repetitive and inflated through the middle. There was enough information about Italy and the hapless husband to keep me reading, hoping for the story of their interracial, intercultural marriage but it never appears.

Okay, there are some “Godfather” jokes, but in the end, a Sicilian neighbor, who does not understand a syllable of English, tells her family that their daughter, Tembi, “is one of us. Tembi Locke is an accomplished actor who has appeared in over sixty television shows and films, including The Magicians , NCIS: LA , Animal Kingdom , and Dumb and Dumber To .This is easily one of my fave books of 2021, and I know I’m jumping on late to the game, but better late than never. Even the buses took extra time to load and unload passengers, and the street vendors had all taken cover. I appreciate that both the love and the grief are present throughout, as will likely be the case as life continues for this family. Our cheeks made a little suction sound when he pulled away, an audible marker that we had indeed touched. By now Sherra and Gene had two children—my sister Attica was born three years after me—whom they took along with them as they each, in their own way, began to reconfigure their own idea of family.

I had had a kind of bifurcated childhood, trying to fit into whatever configuration of my parents’ life was presently in formation. By the end of the dinner, I was in rapture, satiated, giddy, light-headed with the possibility that Saro was boyfriend material. Tembi and Saro build their life together, living in LA, where she is an actress, he a chef, and together raising their daughter, Zoela.My irritation was thinly veiled because now I was focused on Caroline eating the last creamy cluster of risotto.

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