From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
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Chapter 15 outlines the legal transfer of Croce’s house to Tembi and Zoela, a gift that fuels Tembi’s sense of belonging in Saro’s hometown. As though for the first time in my life, I was making a brave, bold decision of the heart that felt expansive, intuitive, a wish from my soul.
Eventually, they reconciled with Saro’s family just as he faced a formidable cancer that would consume all their dreams. The next day, Tembi and Croce attend Saro’s funeral before interring some of his ashes at a cemetery.Nor had I planned to leave Wesleyan and its sleepy college town along the Connecticut River, except that I had stumbled into an Art History 101 class at the end of a difficult freshman year. Chapter 2 opens a week after Saro’s death from cancer before flashing back to his diagnosis, long years of treatment, and death in his and Tembi’s Los Angeles home. The romance series tells the story of Amy [played by Zoe Saldaña] and Lino [played by Eugenio Mastrandrea] – a love story for the ages, about an American woman who falls in love with a Sicilian man while studying abroad in Italy.
He was a student activist; she was the dean’s-list beauty who stood front row when he spoke on campus.Over eight episodes, viewers watch Amy and Lino fall in love on the romantic streets of Florence, move to Los Angeles and deal with crises that would shake the foundations of even the sturdiest relationship. Now in Italy, barely twenty years old, I was trying to decipher what made people come together and stay together forever. By the time my parents had turned thirty, the Movement was dissolving, and the Reagan Era was on the horizon.