Author Bio


Elisa Speranza is the granddaughter of Irish and Italian immigrants, raised Catholic, and educated by nuns. Her heritage serves her well as she channels the story of Rose Marino, a daughter of Sicilian immigrants in New Orleans’ “Little Palermo” neighborhood during World War II. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Elisa came to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2002 and forgot to go home. She loves New Orleans, but still roots for the Boston Red Sox. THE ITALIAN PRISONER is her first work of fiction.

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