Comments from Readers
You always were a good storyteller, over the years, as you
related bits and pieces of your experience in the old country or
told me about various characters in your adopted country. Your
written memoir is a very enjoyable reflection of the same talent.
I’m amazed how you painted such a vibrant, detailed picture of your
childhood experiences. I felt as though I was there, seeing things
through your young eyes and feeling experiences through your heart
and very spirited mind.
I kept saying to myself “Wow,” what he went through! Especially as
you recounted the deaths of your mother, then your cherished Nonna,
then grandfather, and the tough adjustment you had with your
stepmother (the cat killer!)
As I read Rainbows in the Fountain, it was with amusement and awe,
particularly at your willingness and bravery in leaving your
homeland. Your writing benefited from your remembrance of your
emotions through all those experiences—not just the facts—and it all
Thanks for sharing all that with the rest of us!
I’ve just finished the first chapter and already know that I’m going
to like the book. It’s an incredible achievement. A labor of love.
You have much to look forward to.
The library finally got your book in last week and I just
finished reading it. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it! It's a
wonderful story--something young people of today should read. I
always knew you were special, but I guess I never fully appreciated
your wonderful talent for storytelling.
It's a remarkable tale, and makes me admire immigrants even more for
their adaptability. I never realized what a feisty kid you were or
that you stuttered as a child. I could picture the people and the
settings by your descriptions. (It would make a neat movie or TV
I only wish you had included a family tree in the beginning. Perhaps
you could include one in the next edition. It would also be
interesting to have a sequel--describing your arrival and adjustment
to America. The photos are priceless! Congratulations on a job well
As soon as I ordered another book, I found the third one here. So
yesterday I finished it. What a lovely, lovely book, Nick. It causes
both tears and smiles. I am still thinking movie--beautiful,
poignant movie about the terrible tragedies (but also some great
loves) visited on a little boy who in spite of that grew up to be...
well, they won't know that he grew up to a great guy, will they? I
think I should be thanking you for writing it, so I will... Thanks.
I just finished your excellent memoir and wanted to let you know
how much I enjoyed it. You successfully created a picture of small
village Italian life with all the eccentricities and sorrows that
There was great humor (I especially liked the part about looking for
Nonna's testicles) as well as scenes that made me shake my head in
agreement (like the description of Don Paolo--the corrupt priest.)
To lose your mother, Nonna, and Nonno in such a short period of time
must have been very hard--especially in light of your "evil
stepmother" Nina and your father's subsequent bad behavior. It
occurred to me that your life has parallels to Cinderella.
Congratulations on a very nice piece of work.
I just finished reading Rainbows in the Fountain and loved it. When
Umberto told me of its completion, I had to buy one, and when I read
it, I felt that I was with you.
Coming from an Italian family, it made me feel warm inside,
remembering the many customs and traditions that have somewhat faded
I'm reading your incredible book! It’s so moving and I’m learning a
lot. I just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your work.
Thanks for writing such a special keepsake!