“An Italian ROOTS”
The Washington Post Book World
At long last, Gay Talese, one of America’s greatest living authors, employs his prodigious storytelling gifts to tell the saga of his own family’s emigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II. Ultimately it is the story of all immigrant families and the hope and sacrifice that took them from the familiarity of the old world into the mysteries and challenges of the new – into a place that tested their loyalties, their love, and their links with the past. A stirring and personal epic of discovery, UNTO THE SONS reinforces Gay Talese’s unique place of distinction in American Letters and as a chronicler of the American Experience. An immigrant saga reminiscent of Roots begins in a small Italian village and spans three generations and two world wars to capture the essence of the Italian-American experience.