Author of The Girls of Piazza D’Amore and The Women of Saturn, Connie Guzzo-McParland was born in Italy but raised in Canada. As a transplanted child of the 50s and a product of the multilingual, multicultural milieu of east-end Montreal of the 60s and 70s, she has been both blessed and cursed with a multifaceted vision of the world. A hardened multi-tasker, she has juggled a multiplicity of life experiences- from hairstylist to teacher, to wife and mother, to business operator, to graduate student, to publisher, to writer of The Girls of Piazza d’Amore and The Women of Saturn.
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- Sunday June 4th, 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:00PM - "Back to the 80s Party" Montreal book launch at the Rialto Hall in Montreal hosted by actress, playwright, Michaele Di Cesare Rock to the music of the rock band BAD SELFIES Door prizes, cash bar, live music, free admission

- May 4: 6:00-8:30pm Toronto Book Launch @ The Women's Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.

- April 30, 2017, 3:30- 5:00- Book presentation at the Inanna group launch at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, together with Carol Giangrande and Ami Sands Brodoff.

- March 10th, 2017, from 2:00 to 6:00 will participate at the Women and Words literary reading with authors from Montreal and Toronto- University of Toronto (FatherMadden House), 100 St. Joseph St.

About The Women of Saturn

Reminiscent of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, but with a Calabrian flavour, The Women of Saturn is gripping, multilayered, and as satisfying as southern Italian food. The novel exposes all the facets of the immigrant experience and the repercussions on its characters in a post-modern world.

THE WOMEN OF SATURN, published by Inanna Publications, will be available in bookstores across North America on April 30, 2017

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The story captivated me from the opening sentence where the heroine of the novel, Cathy Anastasia, recalls how she imagined life through the filter of black-and-white post-war Italian films. The Women of Saturn continues the saga of The Girls of Piazza d’Amore with the precocious Caterina’s voyage to Canada and her coming of age in Montreal, her translation there into the woman, Cathy. Connie Guzzo-McParland has produced a literary novel that is also a page-turner; Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels meet Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women.

-- Mary di Michele, author of Bicycle Thieves.

Connie Guzzo-McParland’s new novel, The Women of Saturn, is a stirring consideration of culture and politics, of loyalty and loss that is as wide as it is deep, as ambitious as it is intimate. The emphasis, here, may be on three generations of Italian Montrealers, but this is also a story of immigration, one that never ends, as Guzzo-McParland writes. It just comes back around. The Women of Saturn gives us circles within circles. Brava!

-- Joel Yanofsky, author of Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism

An unusual blend of charm, nostalgia, and grit, Connie Guzzo-McParland’s bittersweet bildungsroman, The Women of Saturn, reprises characters from her debut novella The Girls of Piazza d’Amore. Authentic in its evocation of mid-20th century Italian Montreal, the novel’s preoccupations with domestic violence, cynical politics, and organized crime resonate with topical relevance for contemporary readers. Richly textured and panoramic, The Women of Saturn is an engrossing read.

-- Elaine Kalman Naves, author of The Book of Faith

About The Girls of Piazza d`Amore

“… for some, having had a happy childhood is almost as painful as having suffered an unhappy one. It feels like a persistent ache of yearning, like the grief for a lost love.”

In her quest to write the quintessential Calabrian love story, a fledging writer digs into her memories and relives the love stories and struggles of three village girls and the forces that lead them all to leave their homes.

The Girls of Piazza d'Amore is currently available for pre-order via Amazon, Chapters Indigo, and the Linda Leith Publishing website, and will be available via all major online retailers and in brick and mortar bookstores across Canada as of September 14th, 2013 ($13.95 paperback).

Linda Leith Publishing

Book Reviews

“Through vivid use of language and imagery Connie McParland moves her readers easily between 1950s Italy and present day Montreal. Ultimately, however, The Girls of Piazza d’Amore is not of either place, or time. It transports us somewhere else -- into the heart of memory, and what it means to tell stories.”
-- Johanna Skibsrud, Giller prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists.

The Girls of Piazza d’Amore offers a richly textured story of immigration and childhood, expansively set, generously inviting, and full of warmth. With this debut novel, Connie McParland weaves a vivid story that attempts to find meaning in the distance between the decorum of present-day Montreal and the restless soul of a Calabrian childhood. In doing so, she joins a rich lineage of modern Italian-Canadian writing - from Nino Ricci's Lives of the Saints to Vittorio Rossi's A Carpenter's Trilogy - in documenting the complex web of families, traditions, loves and losses spanning across decades and the Atlantic.”
-- Dimitri Nasrallah, QWF award-winning author of Niko.

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