Book Review: Tuscan folk tales meet migrant memories in Moreno Giovanonni’s The Fireflies of Autumn

In San Ginese, life and death live side by side, as do prosperity and poverty, opportunity and desperation, friends and enemies. But filled as it is with bawdy gossip, tall tales, and plenty of manure, The Fireflies of Autumn, and Other Tales of San Ginese is not just a story of hardship and hope, but a vibrant love letter to the act of collective memory, and to the real-life Tuscan village where author Moreno Giovannoni was born.

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