An immigrant Italian mom raising her family of twelve in the shadow of a Mafia crime.
That’s how author Josephine Pasquarello describes her book, “Love and Loyalty.“
Pasquarello was the tenth of twelve children when her father was murdered. Her mother was left to raise the children in the fifties and sixties in Philadelphia.
Pasquarello recounts being raised by a single mother whose wisdom, tireless labor, compassion, and beauty carried the family through.