Ever dream of pulling up roots and creating a new life and home in the country where your ancestral roots began? Ever wonder if you had the courage to re-
Deeply Rooted is a sensitive weaving of a family chronicle with the story of an unanticipated life transition. It begins with the author preparing to leave Egypt, where she and her husband had lived until his career came abruptly to an end as a result of a corporate merger. Without a job or a home in the United States, the couple had a weighty decision to make and not much time in which to make it. Giving in to a life-
In Deeply Rooted, the author shares this search for a home and for her inner self. Her story is a day-
Deeply Rooted whispers to the soul.
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First Print Edition Published by Author: January 2001
EPub and MOBI Editions Published by NimNam Books: August 2012
“Deeply Rooted is a book to enter with care. From her gallery of word pictures, author and painter Ginda Ayd Simpson lays out a richly tinted panorama of the Italian countryside, its land, people, and natural bounty. There’s a thoroughly engaging surface texture. Yet within this brilliant parade of scenes, a complex chronicle of faith and family unfolds, as Simpson and her husband seek to take hold, and root in a new life.
When a corporate merger in Cairo leaves Ginda’s husband Mike jobless, the couple faces a challenge familiar to today’s global market worker. Due to downsizing, and Mike’s age, suddenly there’s no employment, no new address circled as next layover on the map. The Simpsons have no place of their own to return to. Where to go? Most of all: why? Ginda and Mike set out in pursuit of answers.
After the nightmare complications of leaving Cairo, the couple’s first stop in their journey is along the southeast Italian coast, in Calabria. It’s both a reuniting with kin and return to a country that has signified much for both of them. Almost a century ago Ginda’s Grandfather Giuseppe Corasaniti emigrated to America from his father’s lands. Across the wide Atlantic and the many decades, through visit and reunion, the American and Italian Corasaniti relations have never ceased bonding. Though time has passed since Mike’s temporary Naples residence, and Ginda’s last family contact, they still mutually celebrate the rich experiences and life values they each found during their Italian stays. They agree: it’s a common heritage and building-
At the Corasaniti ancestral house, great-
To organize this event, there’s been, of course, a grand Corasaniti reunion and countryside picnic. In one typical stroke from her vibrantly organized word canvas, Simpson provides a Gargantuan vision of the groaning board and overflowing affection shared on this occasion. With the author, we savor the warm sharpness of local wine, the odors of wood oven breads, the hot pepper in local sausages. Corasaniti cousins whisper in our ear: Ci penso io/I’ll take care of that for you. And so, in San Leonardo, surrounded by a casting-
Now they know what they want and need. And after long scouring of a brilliantly-
As coincidental, but icing-
To keep fresh in memory the hard-
~ Pat E. Fogarty (Writers in Rome)
“Ginda Simpson's memoir, Deeply Rooted, records not the pangs of growth, the passions of youth, or the high points of a successful career, but rather a process of re-
With their three daughters off on their own and Ginda's husband's career as a geologist prematurely terminated as a result of a merger in the oil industry, the Simpsons decided to settle in Italy. Deeply Rooted explains why -
What distinguishes this book from other en vogue records of cultured Americans setting up house in similarly romantic locations like Provence or Tuscany (the best-
There is much that is very personal in this memoir, which makes it both heartwarming and eminently readable. It seduces with the culinary and aesthetic delights of Italy, shows that the horrendous hurdles put up by foreign bureaucracies can be overcome without resorting to crime or the dark arts, and is proof that it is never too late to take a new direction. Playing it safe and staying put may be the worst thing for you.
This book is an inspiration, an injuction to follow your dreams no matter what.”
~ Maya Williamson
© 2016 Ginda Simpson ~ artist, writer, jewelry maker
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