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BOOK REVIEW:
PAINTING THE INVISIBLE MAN
BY RITA SCHIANO

We hope you enjoy this book review by Carolyn LeComte.



Anna Matteo’s childhood wasn’t like that of most other kids. Most kids didn’t have a Mafiosi for a father, nor were they exposed to dangerous characters on a regular basis. Anna is a master at adapting to everything thrown her way, even while cold reality steals away her innocence. As she learns of the possible danger that might await her around every corner, young Anna devises unique ways to protect herself, including wearing a toy, rubber-pellet gun in a holster, and improvising a survival vest complete with secret compartments, smoke bombs, and poison capsules. A product of loving parents of opposite polarities, Anna grows up with many unresolved, painful issues dogging her heels. The grownup Anna, a writer, knows she must come to terms with the unfinished story of her childhood and its end, symbolized by the murder of her father. Old friends and enemies inhabit her world, and her Amy-Tan-mu se torments her (“I want you to write for you.”), urging her to complete the book locked inside her, the book that means the final reconciliation with her past, and peace for her soul. In finding the “balance” between her parents, she finds herself.

Painting the Invisible Man, by Rita Schiano, is a compelling read, a journey of heart and soul, that keeps one riveted as it weaves the tapestry of Anna Matteo’s life. The writing is superb, and despite the missed edits scattered throughout, the commingled stories – past and present – unfold like a bolt of cloth revealing its richness. The characters are well developed; Anna’s parents are lovingly depicted, their humanness is sometimes heart-wrenching. Rita Schiano’s voice carries the story on the deepest emotions and the warmest wit.

I have no reservations in recommending this book whole-heartedly; I look forward to reading more by Rita Schiano.

REVIEWED BY CAROLYN LECOMTE

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