“By the time you reach my age,” he writes, “you have witnessed too much loss to not be aware of what lies ahead.”
From the author of Sleepers and an incredible body of work, Carcaterra takes us down a totally different road with Three Dreamers.
This is the homage to the three women in his life who taught him to be strong, kind as well as how to tell a killer story. We are talking about his Grandmother, Nonna Maria where he spent summers on an island called Ischia off the coast of Naples.
I loved this woman. She was kind, funny, and strong. She had survived the war and come out even stronger and now she is happy to have this boy she can share her life with in the summers because she knows his home life is hard.
Rafaella, his mother, spends her days in an abusive marriage, miserable and dreading the future. She is really negative and goes through some stuff and that in itself teaches her son lessons he will need in his future.
And third, his beloved Susan. Wife, editor, and his best cheerleader. For thirty years they loved each other until her death from cancer. Their faith in each other and the complete support he found was inspiring.
What did he learn from these amazing women? Find your joy. Overcome your circumstances. Give life your all.
What a beautiful tribute to these three women. What a beautiful memoir.
NetGalley/April 27th, 2021 Random House Ballentine