In Nancy Garruba's two linked novels—True Noble and Lincoln at Mercy—readers are drawn into a world where language and memory coalesce to create a past that might or might not have ever existed. Set in Trenton NJ and Sicily, spanning almost one hundred years, these novels bring us into the intimate spaces of the Gemini and Cicero family homes, where we pull up a chair, and watch and listen, hoping the end comes none too soon.” 

—Kevin McIlvoy, author of The Fifth StationHyssopLittle Peg, and 
The Complete History of New Mexico


Alice. from Castelbuono, Jun 2005.  It’s very simple here, Angela. I’m living in a tower that was built in 1266.


Alice. from Castelbuono, Jun 2005. 
It’s very simple here, Angela. I’m living in a tower that was built in 1266.

Angela. from Princeton, Jan 2005. I opened one of the boxes and found Nonnu Fabio’s portrait, in a large envelope ...


Angela. from Princeton, Jan 2005.
I opened one of the boxes and found Nonnu Fabio’s portrait, in a large envelope ...

Angela. from the Jersey beach, 1957.  Anyway, it’s all gone now. No grass, no hotel, nothing but beach and a few ...


Angela. from the Jersey beach, 1957. 
Anyway, it’s all gone now. No grass, no hotel, nothing but beach and a few ...

Alice. from Castelbuono, Aug 2005. Lino said that years ago he and the other falconer used the tower to train fledglings.


Alice. from Castelbuono, Aug 2005.
Lino said that years ago he and the other falconer used the tower to train fledglings.