Carol Faenzi Books - My Tuscan Aria

"An Italophile's delight." - Ross King, NYTimes Bestselling Author of Brunelleschi's Dome

Reviews of The Stonecutter's Aria


The true story of Aristide Giovannoni, a stone carver from Carrara with a passion for opera, is the basis for this novel, which, like an opera, is divided into three acts that span over 100 years. It begins with Aristide's 30-day crossing to America in the early 1900s on a ship where "disease, exhaustion and fear clung to us like our wrinkled and filthy clothes," and ends in the present with his great-granddaughter, the author of the novel.


A memorable and unique “operatic” approach to telling a story of the Italian immigrant experience. But it’s a universal tale that inspires us today to honor our ancestral past as well as tell the world our own stories.

Angelo Pizzo Oscar winning screenwriter, “Hoosiers” and “Rudy”

Faenzi’s approach to the Italian-American experience is refreshing. She weaves together in a fascinating way the personal accounts of her family’s history. Each story is different through each member’s perspective as well as her own self-discovery and the result is a passionate narrative. A breath of fresh air. Brava!

Michael Angelo DiLauro Filmmaker, "Prisoners Among Us"

A vigorous and attention-catching narrative about an artist's passion, adventures, regrets, and remembrance.

The Midwest Book Review Literary Journal

About the Author

Carol Faenzi's award-winning historical novel is based on the true stories of her marble-carving, opera-singing ancestors who emigrated over 100 years ago from Carrara, Italy, the site of the most famous white marble quarries in the world.

Writing in Florence during a career sabbatical, Carol followed her ancestors using her grandmother's journals to guide her - all through Tuscany, from the stunning marble quarries to ancient Etruscan cities. The result was The Stonecutter's Aria.

From the publisher...


The novel takes the reader on a thrilling journey from Tuscany to the New World, a universal story of hope and heartache, separation and reunion, brutality and beauty. Following in the footsteps of Michelangelo, and with the stunning beauty of Puccini's opera arias as background, this is an intimate portrayal of the author's family and how their courage dramatically changed her life generations later.

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"An Italophile's delight." - Ross King, NYTimes Bestselling Author of Brunelleschi's Dome

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