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Book details
  • SubGenre:Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:230
  • eBook ISBN:9780985448301

Pete's Sake

by Nina Cicale

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In New York City, circa 1910, why would a seven-year-old boy have to become the sole breadwinner for his Italian immigrant parents and eight siblings? Read Pete Cicale's remarkable story. Follow what leads up to the ultimate betrayal by one of his own family.
This is the heartwarming and unforgettable story of Pete Cicale, one of nine children born to Italian immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century. He became the sole breadwinner of the family at the age of seven. He grew up on 116thStreet and Pleasant Avenue, now known as Spanish Harlem. He started by polishing shoes on the corner, and as he grew, so did his jobs. What made him unique in his time, and even today, is that he never thought, why me? He knew his role and lived by a code of ethics. Join in the story of this memorable man, live with the customs of an immigrant family, and see the dynamics as you travel his journey. You will live as Pete did, as life changes for him. Beset by circumstances beyond his control, his manipulative narcissistic father pulled the strings, and sent the family on a new path; taking them from NYC to the Hudson Valley where Pete was to become a farmer. Face the severe adversity and betrayal that a weaker man could never have endured. Experience Pete’s love of family and find the wisdom of his Peteisms. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride.
About the author
NINA CICALE was born and raised in New York. After graduation from Queens College, with a Masters in Education, writing was always part of her life, albeit not her professional career. She was a teacher in the New York City education system. She also was an entrepreneur in the IT industry. She was a fundraiser for the University of Miami School of Medicine where she was awarded the honor of being chosen “Woman of the Year” for her humanitarian efforts. She has been a ghost writer for several books, and also a writer of various motivational speeches. She has written poetry but has chosen not to have them published. Instead, with her husband Gabriel’s impetus she has finally fulfilled her dream, to complete this book. She lives in Florida with her husband, and dog, Chloe.