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Ma Speaks Up - And a First-Generation Daughter Talks Back

Marianne Leone

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Description:

The acclaimed actress and author of Jesse: A Mother's Story tells the story of her outspoken, frequently outrageous Italian immigrant mother. Marianne Leone's Ma is in many senses a larger-than-life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations. Born on a farm in Italy, Linda finds her way to the United States under dark circumstances, having escaped a forced marriage to a much older man, and marries a good Italian boy. She never has full command of English, especially when questioned by authorities, and when she is suddenly widowed with three young children, she has few options. To her daughter's horror and misery, she becomes the school lunch lady. Ma Speaks Up is a record of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, with the wrong family, in the wrong religion. Though Marianne's girlhood is flooded with shame, it's equally packed with adventure, love, great cooking, and, above all, humor. The extremely premature birth of Marianne's beloved son, Jesse, bonds mother and daughter in ways she couldn't have imagined. The stories she tells will speak to anyone who has struggled with outsider status in any form and, of course, to mothers and their blemished, cherished girls.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 7m


Chapters

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04:20

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:36