It is 1918, and Youngstown, Ohio, is brewing with social unrest as Italian and Irish immigrants vie for living space and low-paying jobs in the local steel mills. Amidst the discord, Abramo Cardone arrives from Italy hoping to escape the pain of his wife and child’s deaths. His uncle secures him a job at the steel mill, where he tries to bury his loneliness in work. Instead, he attracts the attention of two Irish men, one who wants to give him a leg up and one who wants to tear him down. In the thick of the violent power struggle that develops, Abramo is offered a wonderful gift-but he will have to fight to claim it.
“Abramo’s gift was a whimsical buy for me. I thank a friend who recommended it. When the beauty of what I was reading hit me between the eyes and an hour rolled on by without my notice I knew I had to try a review. This novel should be read. It should be kept on the shelf and loaned to friends.”