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Chester County Press

Kennett Square author publishes book about Italian immigrant grandmother

02/14/2022 10:43PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Life’s Journey, a new book by Josephine B. Pasquarello, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Based on the real-life experiences of the author’s paternal grandmother, Life’s Journey tells the story of how a young Italian immigrant peasant traveled to south Philadelphia in search of a better life and love. Geltrude Carmela DiLullo traveled from Italy to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century as part of an arranged marriage. Along the way, and with a lot of hard work and dedication, Geltrude—or Carmela, as she preferred to be called—overcame enormous obstacles. These challenges included her solo journey across the seas, overcoming illness and betrayal, finding love in the life arranged for her, and beginning a legacy for her family, which is flourishing still today.

Pasquarello is a writer and public speaker with a passion for her Italian heritage, her hometown of Philadelphia, and family life. As a writer, she regularly contributes short stories to several periodicals. Her first book, Love & Loyalty was published in 2017 and is available for purchase now from the Dorrance bookstore online.

An entrepreneur, Pasquarello has successfully operated several small businesses in the Philadelphia area over the years through the same hard work, love, and dedication instilled in her by her family.

The tenth of twelve children, Pasquarello was raised in Philadelphia by an Italian immigrant mother, hailing from a simple background to find success in her life. Now a mother and grandmother, she enjoys traveling, especially to small villages in Italy, and Broadway musicals.

Life’s Journey is a 306-page paperback with a retail price of $20.00 (eBook $15.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6386-7265-4. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.