The Italians at Cleat's corner store

The Italians at Cleat's corner store


by Jo Riccioni

Scribe, $29.99 pb, 384 pp, 9781922070883

During World War II, billeted Axis POWs were deemed such a threat to the morals of British women that theBritish government enacted legislation proscribing amorous fraternisation. Although these laws were rescinded in the conflict’s aftermath, Jo Riccioni’s début novel demonstrates that the appeal of the foreigner endured, as a family of Italians arrive to disrupt the postwar calm of Leyton, an east London farming community.

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Alex Cothren

Alex Cothren

Alexander Cothren, born in the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest, USA, is presently drying himself out in sunny Adelaide. He studies creative writing at Flinders University, and is the recent recipient of the Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award.
Published in April 2014 no. 360

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