Molihua and Andrea talk about their lives while having supper; Chinese food – Chinese story, Italian food – Italian story. It is the encounter of two cuisines, two cultures, two religions, two people born in two small villages. As new immigrants, they learn how to adapt and survive in Manhattan working in Chinatown and Little Italy. They settle on the Lower East Side, get married and raise a son who, once he becomes a teenager, makes surprising choices about how he is going to live his life. Under the protection of Guan Yin and Saint Francis, the couple lives a very simple life devoted to helping the homeless and the needy. In their relationship, Molihua and Andrea practice a distinctive spirituality interwoven within their daily lives and their cherished Buddhist and Catholic beliefs. What truly unites them is their unrelenting devotion to excellent food, ardent spirituality, and passionate love.
Michele Duva earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton, a Master of Business Administration at San Jose State University, and a Master of Science in Taxation at Golden Gate University. Michele works and lives in Northern California and has been cultivating a multidisciplinary career by working in different professions, happily mining different facets of what seem to be unlike gemstones of wisdom. Michele’s previous novels are Waiting for Dawn and Eulba.