“The Spaghetti Set”: A new book about Italian Americans in New Jersey

The new book THE SPAGHETTI SET: Family Served Italian Style by Rose Marie Boyd  (Rosa Maria Maisto), a “Proud Italian-American” is hot off the press and available on the internet and most book stores!!!   It’s a light fiction that will make you feel like a fly on the wall watching a comedy of errors  in the homes of two Italian-American families.  The characters’ sometimes irreverent, ludicrous and intimate behavior affirms the old adage: ”Family is family, like it or not!”


A brother and sister depart war-torn Italy in 1947 and cross the Atlantic to reunite with their father in Benton, New Jersey.  As the seasick brunette dreams of eligible
Americani, the young fellow dreads the prospect of dealing with his cantankerous Papà.  Meanwhile, in Benton, another Italian-American family bickers over mundane issues with burlesque animation. Partnerships test the patience of the brothers and domesticity puts
the women at odds.

These economically disparate clans, the Camaras and the Matteos, cross paths after Teresa Camara literally bumps into love-starved Mack Matteo.  Instead of letting their mutual attraction evolve slowly into something more, her scheming father takes matters into his own hands, placing their relationship on course for possible disaster.

While the households of the Camaras and the Matteos are fraught with normal sibling rivalry and shared secrets, a few obnoxious family members engage in irreverent and ludicrous behavior, causing total mayhem and discord.  One unscrupulous brother’s
involvement in an embezzlement scheme leads to murder. How the two families cope with the absurdities of love, intimacy and life unfolds in a true comedy of errors, complete with laughter and tears.

Famiglia…family is family, like it or not!


Rose Marie Boyd  (Rosa Maria Maisto) grew up in an Italian section of Trenton, New  Jersey, called “The Burg.”  To the background music of her mother’s native tongue, she danced around old world customs and traditions practiced by the local immigrants who lived there.  Her favorite annual tradition, the “Feast of the Lights,” a weeklong festivalin honor of the Madonna di Cassandrino, was celebrated in the streets just outside her doorstep.

With the Americanization of her first name and then her marriage to Carl Boyd, Jr., Rosa Maria Maisto became Rose Marie Boyd.  However, a few old friends and many relatives
still prefer to use her Italian name.

A graduate of Trenton State College and the proud mother of her successful childrenJessica and Justin, she relocated to Prescott, Arizona, with her husband ten years ago.  As she basked under the Southwest sun, the writing bug decided to bite her.  Since then, she’s been expressing her creativity through poetry and novels.

An avid reader, she enjoys critiquing a bestseller or an old classic with the women in her
monthly book group.  The author also loves a competitive game of tennis and volunteers for both an adult literacy program and a women’s domestic violence shelter.

Check out the preview at: http://thespaghettiset.blogspot.com.
If you read this book, we would love to hear your views.

SOURCE:  Rose Marie Boyd  (Rosa Maria Maisto)

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