This novel, a 1994 Minnesota Book Award fiction finalist, tells the story of family love and betrayal in the haunting voice of its ten-year-old narrator, Regina Giovanni. As the oldest daughter in her working class Catholic family, Regina is her mother’s confidante. However, as her mother’s extramarital affair with a Catholic priest begins to destroy her family, her mother’s secret soon becomes too much for Regina to bear. In praise of No Matter What Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, wrote: “Unflinching, insightful, beautifully written…”
Mary gives an overview of the book:
As a child Mary Saracino dreamed of being a June Taylor Dancer, twirling her legs high in the air, spinning kaleidoscopic images onto the TV screen, enchanting viewers of the Jackie Gleason Show. She has since followed that sweeping trail of fairy-dust magic wherever...