Title Reveal (almost)

I am typing away, getting the third book of the Becoming America’s Stories out of my head and onto the page. The Heart of Bakers and Artists and The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers is set in the Lower East Side of New York City, 1911 and follows Lily Taglia, a young daughter of Sicilian immigrants, who lives with her large family in a small tenement apartment. Millions of European immigrants flood the streets and crammed into overcrowded tenement apartments, all vying for their place while history unfolds. I took most of the characters and scenes from my grandparents’ and great grandparents’ experiences immigrating to America and beginning their history in the Lower East Side. Reverberations of the social changes, innovations, and policies that occurred then affected future generations and continue today.

The third book takes place during the holiday season of 1911. Electric lights did not illuminate the streets or windows yet and the bitter cold made working, daily shopping, and errands extra difficult. The shadow of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire loomed over the preparations for Christmas and Hanukkah. Mama’s sister suddenly arrives with two of stepsons. The Taglia’s have to make room for the added family into the already tight three-room apartment. There is a suspicion that this aunt and her stepsons are not who they say they are. But it is Christmas, a magical time even for the children of the Lower East Side. Everyone has a wish.  

There was so much research that plunged me down fascinating rabbit holes. How were the holidays celebrated in the Lower East Side and how was it different from the rest of Manhattan Island? What old world traditions became part of the American way? What did they eat? How did children play when the weather was so cold? What were their wishes for the new year?

Lots to consider. 

Like I said, I am typing away. Although I continue to wrestle with scene sequences, pacing, and new character developments, the story needs a title. It may help me “see” the process through better. There are two possibilities: The Wishes of Sisters and Strangers or The Wishes of Sisters and Liars. Perhaps you have a better idea. The setup must be like The Heart of Bakers and Artists and The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers. 

Please help me decide by filling out the survey. 

Pray for peace. 

Be well.

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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

10 thoughts

  1. Hi Antoinette,
    I’m looking forward to reading part 3 of this story.
    I also decided to take a look at your title survey and offered you what might be a helpful alternative suggestion.
    It was not that I disliked either of the two, but one I thought might go too far by announcing too much about who these people are. My suggestion was contrived to pick up your title form, leave roughly the same intriguing question but leave clarity to your prose. I know you’re going to make a wise final decision. thanks for inviting us to play a part.
    Staying tuned here.

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Gary. All this coordinating and deciding for a third book so it fits into the story “brand” is mind and gut twisting. I appreciate you chiming in.


  2. Just received my Amazon purchase of 4 books… began reading the first one last night and I’m already hooked on the characters Lily & Margaret. Can’t wait to see what the new title will be. Congratulations on all your books! Jeanne

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      1. I sure will… it’ll be a slow read this month as my A to Z is keeping me busy but I plan to write notes along and blog on it. I haven’t read in awhile so I’m enjoying the visual in my head of the girls. Kinda remind me of my 2 redhead granddaughters in the way they talk through each other.

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