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Categories: Mainstream
Publisher: Charles River Press | Date published: 11/30/2011


Restoration is the story of an Italian-American's return to his Calabrian town of birth where he sets out to rebuild a crumbling medieval church. His faith and his life are endangered when old vendettas erupt, threatening to destroy the church and sacrifice everything he holds dear. Joe (Giuseppe) Costanzo was born in 1951 in Pedivigliano, a town in the mountains of Calabria in Southern Italy. He emigrated to America with his family in 1954, sailing aboard the ill-fated Andrea Doria. From New York, the family headed West, settling in Salt Lake City, near the coal mines of Eastern Utah and Colorado, where his grandfather once worked. At the age of nineteen, while attending the University of Utah, Joe got his first full-time job as a reporter working for the Deseret News, one of the daily newspapers in Salt Lake City, and that same year won his first national news writing award for his coverage of an airline hijacking. After graduating with a B.A. degree, he spent months traveling throughout Italy, particularly Calabria, and then returned to America to resume his career in journalism. Over the next twenty-five years, Joe covered some of the biggest news stories in the West, including the execution of Gary Gilmore, and won numerous regional and national awards for his reporting and news writing, including recognition from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He has written extensively on the topics of crime and justice, the environment, animal rights, natural calamities, religion, the Italian-American experience, and many other subjects that served him well in the writing of his novel, GRAPHIC TIMES. When he is not writing, he's reading, biking, hiking, restoring classic British roadsters, and otherwise pursuing a contemplative lifestyle.

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