On April 4, JESSE will be published in Italy by Nutrimenti, a prestigious publishing house based in Rome. All of this is through the generosity of Andre Dubus (House of Sand and Fog, Townie, Dirty Love) who brought my book to their attention. I am thrilled that my relatives — Zia Domenica and cousins in Sulmona can finally read my book. This September I have been invited to the Mantova Book Festival, to present the book. I am furiously studying Italian, but it is still “cattivo.” Luckily, the Italians are notoriously forgiving. During former trips they all assured me, “tu parl’ bene, signora!” even when I knew I was mangling their beautiful language. Avanti!