Seeing Through The Smog ... Clearly!
A story of survival, determination, and faith spanning nine decades.
In 1920, a little girl was born in a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania, called Donora. Her name was Adela Damiani. She was the fifth daughter of Italian immigrants, Maria Grazia Muscelli and Florindo Damiani. Her life was very simple in those early years, with minimal resources. Her family lived through many trials and tribulations of a large family struggling to carve out a living during the Great Depression, one of the first national historical events that impacted her life. Adela grew into a beautiful young woman, finished high school, fell in love, and married an Italian immigrant, Antonino Costanza. Following her marriage, another historical event soon presented her with a personal tragedy, the Donora Smog. Then, her life changed again in a dramatic way, as she left the comfort and security of her hometown to start a new life in south Florida. This move certainly expanded her horizons. National and international historical events continued to weave their way into her life. Adela frames her story against the backdrop of several of these events. Through each of the positive or tragic events she faced, Adela managed to stay happily married, raise a family, maintain a career, and document her journey. Recalling her nine decades, and counting, Adela shares her memories from the prospective of a daughter, wife, mother, beautician, and armchair historian. Being a woman of strong faith, Adela attributes the hand of God guiding her life. Her vision is to show how determination and faith in God brought her through the smog of life . . . clearly!
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 100 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 15, 2016)
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs