I can believe this is so. Sperrazza tells us, in the inner pages, that she draws heavily from her personal experiences for this novel; her life experiences and her family circumstances, and it all seems familiar. I grew up in a blue collar section of inner city Toronto, and Sperrazza's narrative rings true for me.
I really liked it. Not all journalists could write such a novel, but she is well-educated, experienced, and has lived a tough life. She has a wonderful voice, as well. I could identify with her characters, growing up in the 70s as I did. I could compare her characters, and the time and age, the music, the media and the wild experiences.
A slim book, at 138 pages, it was just the right length, as it was a powerful story, quite intense, and very driven by the plot. She has a great editor, my eagle-eye didn't spot any mistakes (and I usually spot a few).
"Under the merciless florescent lighting, my mother's face looked different. Time, almost like a small animal, had burrowed itself in between her eyes. It had pouched out the skin around her mouth, creating small sacks of extra flesh to live in. I was sad suddenly that my mother was getting old and that there was nothing I could do about it."
"A class conscious, psychologically-driven story of loss and transformation"
About the Author
Emmy-award winning journalist Diana Sperrazza was raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in West Springfield, Massachusetts, the eldest daughter of a family dealing with generations of alcoholism. In and out of college for many years, she waitressed, cleaned houses and made various forays into the counterculture until she moved to New Mexico and discovered journalism.
She settled in Washington, D.C., where she spent nearly thirty years working in television news and production. She currently lives in New York City and works as a senior executive producer for the crime channel, Investigation Discovery. She holds a MFA from Bennington College, and is a grateful member of St. Marks in the Bowery, an Episcopal church in the East Village.
My Townie Heart [Post Hill Press] is available nationwide as of June 16, 2015.