Touch

By Casey Costra

General fiction | Paperback, eBook


In Staten Island’s Little Italy neighborhood, Rosa DeAngelo marries at 18, leaving behind her secret admirer, Tony Prezzi, who in turn marries his own pursuer. Domestic violence almost kills Rosa and does kill Tony's police wife. Their friends, family members and a new European touch therapy spa, Le Salon de l’Amour all try to help them find the next chapter of their lives. Neither can heal without touch, yet their paths to recovery leave them untouched and alone. Their responses create an abused women’s movement in Little Italy and beyond.



I was born and raised near New York City, met a Sicilian-American not long after graduating from high school, and spent my Sunday afternoons at Grandma's house. Soon married, we both earned undergraduate and graduate degrees while working and raising our three children. I eventually became a professor, and then an artist. Our family has returned several times to Italy and Sicily, has lived in Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru, and now resides in the state of Delaware. I have published nonfiction books under my professor name, but Touch is my first novel. Rosa and Tony will return soon in their next book, Traffic. The learner novels in my drawer concern Latino people struggling in the worlds of rural violence back home and cartel extortion on their way north. Italianos and Latinos. The U.S. and Latin America. "Write what you know."


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I was born and raised near New York City, met a Sicilian-American not long after graduating from high school, and spent my Sunday afternoons at Grandma's house. Soon married, we both earned undergraduate and graduate degrees while working and raising our three children. I eventually became a professor, and then an artist. Our family has returned several times to Italy and Sicily, has lived in Mex...


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