Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Book Review: Until I Smile at You

Until I Smile at You
by Roseann Lombardi
Minneapolis, MN: Two Harbors Press, 2010

"Until I Smile at You" is a family memoir that reads like a well-crafted novel. Roseann Lombardi shares the story of her parents, Anna and Tony Lauro. She tells of their two proud Italian-American families, their love, and the incredible trials that they would face as a result of Anna's Multiple Sclerosis. It is a heart-wrenching tale about the strength and weakness of love and the ability to persevere in spite of horrible circumstances. Based as it is on a true story, it is remarkably real. It reflects the messiness of true life. There is no happy ending, except perhaps the existence and spirit of Roseann herself. She writes this to tell a story that she needed desperately to share with the world, as a tribute to her mother and a final gift. It is well-worth reading.

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