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The Islands of Divine Music, by John Addiego, is a saga of an Italian-American family spanning six generations as they move from Southern Italy to San Francisco to Mexico. I was absolutely enthralled with the lyrical journey on which I found myself. The author took me back to some familiar places and events of my childhood while introducing me to an Italian-American family, the likes of which I had never met in my WASP upbringing. I found that this family saw these places/events through their “foreign” eyes the same way I had. We’re all the same, yet uniquely different. I’m looking forward to reading Addiego’s second novel, "Tears of the Mountain."