Developed from the biography of Antonio Pacitti, ‘Between two States’ describes a family forced live between two countries, and their prevailing instinct to thrive despite the hardship of separation and migration.
This novel by Diane Pacitti draws from the factual history of three generations of the Pacitti family uprooted by the political unrest of the 1920s. Forced to flee a parochial pro-fascist community, Vincenzo finds his family split between the industrial city of Glasgow and the small, rural Italian townships of Cassino and Cerasuolo in Central Italy.
Vincenzo’s son, Antonio grows from child to man in the dark, over-populated city, whilst in the care of her aunt and uncle, his daughter Gabriella enjoys a secure youth and finds love.
Their stability is again contorted by the increasing power of the fascist movement and the outbreak of war; while Gabriella’s life turns to hardship, Antonio finds himself returned to the very town of his birth, as a British soldier.
Between Two States will be published in 2018 by Cultural Documents and Cosmo Iannone.