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Tempting Faith Dinapoli
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Lisa Gabriele is a television producer, cinematographer, and writer. Her work has appeared on the CBC, the History Channel and the Life Network. Her writing has appeared in Vice Magazine and The Washington Post, among other publications, and she is a frequent contributor to Nerve magazine. Gabriele lives in Toronto's Little Italy.

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Faith DiNapoli is the well-meaning eldest daughter of a dysfunctional Italian family living in 1970s Canada. With an absent father, three rambunctious siblings, and a mother who's trying to make the best of the life she's got instead of focusing on the life she wanted, young Faith takes it upon herself to assume religious responsibility and tries to be "good enough" to make up for the flaws of her whole family. She struggles between the person she is and the perfect one she wants to be, and it ultimately takes a test of faith for her to find self-acceptance and her place in the world. Gabriele, a Canadian Lifesize TV executive producer whose work has been published in the Washington Post and Nerve magazine, has written a poignant, memoir-style debut novel that is emotionally intense and ultimately satisfying. Recommended for public libraries. Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Adriana Trigiani

author of "Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler," and "Milk Glass Moon"Lisa Gabriele writes with deep meaning, truth, and humor in her wonderful debut novel about growing up. I loved the world Gabriele created, rich in detail and emotion. Faith DiNapoli is a delight: her struggles are universal and her aim is true.


Chuck Klosterman

author of "Fargo Rock City"Every guy has this fantasy about meeting a nice Catholic girl who's clever and smart and playful, only to discover that -- secretly, behind closed doors -- her mind is just a little bit dirty. Lisa Gabriele is the literary incarnation of that fantasy.


Louisa Ermelino

author of "The Black Madonna" and "The Sisters Mallone"Faith DiNapoli is my kind of girl: tough, honest, and trying hard to be a good Catholic while shoplifting cute clothes, lusting after her neighbor, and reading her mother's diary. Gabriele's created a no-holds-barred portrait of hardscrabble family life and a character who will win your heart and break it too. A wise, witty, and masterful debut.

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