Pulling God’s Teeth: Book One of The Last Italian, A Saga in Three Parts by Anthony Delstretto
Book description / October 17, 2019

PULLING GOD’S TEETH is the first volume of The Last Italian, A Saga in Three Parts, a gripping tale that begins in 1882, in Italy, and spans more than six decades of social and political tumult. Three generations of the Como and Vacci families face rapacious landowners, deadly epidemics, harrowing warfare, perilous immigration, and fascist brutality during the Kingdom of Italy’s final sixty-three turbulent years. Throughout, as the characters balance their commitments to love, loyalty, and honor against the implacable demands of physical survival, Fate forever stands ready to abruptly intervene. The other books of the trilogy include: BOOK TWO: FATE’S RESTLESS FEET (1911-1913) BOOK THREE: DEATH TO THE WOLF (1942-1945) PULLING GOD’S TEETH (1882-1886) Twenty-four-year-old Carlo Como goes out fishing one dawn on the wide river near his northern Italian village of Castrubello. The Pirino has provided a living for the Como family for generations, but this morning Carlo hauls in a very different catch: three large white rocks known as “God’s Teeth.” The valuable stones, coveted by local ceramic-makers, will allow him to marry his love, Tonia Vacci, a worker in the town’s dismal silk mill. But the fisherman’s good fortune is resented by estate manager Baldassare Gaetano,…