Antoinette Carone and her husband Jim Mauro lived in Naples on and off for the last few years. The city was not as they had been led to expect. Known for its art, ancient ruins, suspect characters, and ubiquitous piles of garbage, as we roamed the city, they discovered that they had evolved from tourists to residents.
Antoinette an active member of the New York Writers’ Coalition and a Board Member of the American-Italian Cultural Round Table. Her short story “The Eternal Return” was published in the May 2018 issue of the online journal Ovunque Siamo, and “The Demon” in the January 2019 issue. These can be found at: https://ovunquesiamoweb.wordpress.com.
Antoinette has studied theater in New York City. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages.
Her first book, Ciao, Napoli — A Scrapbook of Wandering in Naples, resulted from the first year that she and her husband spent in Naples.
This book “chronicles in words and photos the…eye-opening foray into the numerous layers of history that grace every building and pavement stone in the historic city of Naples.” Available from amazon.com
Her second book, Siren Shore, the Enchantment of Naples, is a collection of short stories inspired by what she and her husband have experienced while living in Naples on and off for several years. Love and loss, these two oppositions encompass the meaning of being alive, especially in Naples. Joy and Sorrow abound, while underlying the contrasts evident in this city is a passion for life.
Before Naples was Roman (or Italian), it was Greek. The original name of the city was Partenope, so called for the siren who had loved too well. She had attempted to lure Ulysses to her as he passed through the Mediterranean on his homeward odyssey. He did not return her affection, and in despair she drowned herself. The first Greek colonists found her body on the Island of Megaride where it had washed ashore, in the what is now the Bay of Naples. They buried her nearby on Pizzafalcone Hill and named their newly established colony Partenope in her honor. The roadway that runs along this stretch of the lungomare today is called Via Partenope.
Thus, from its very beginnings, Naples has been beset by contradictions – deep caring and profound loss. Life here is ruled by circumstance and fate. But one always meets sympathetic souls who will do what they can to help you along the way. Naples is a special place for those who take the time to explore and to attempt to learn this mysterious city. Each time one visits, one discovers something new. Available through Shakespeare & Co. — http://bit.ly/SirenShore or 212-772-3400,
Antoinette has also written a children’s book Charlie and the Dreadful Mildew, illustrated by M. L. R. Schuck. Ms. Schuck is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. She continued her studies of figure painting at the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Art and at the Art Students League of New York. Her work has been shown in numerous group shows and in five solo shows in New York City. She continues to work as an artist near Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Charlie is considered to be the “black sheep” of his family, especially by his Aunt Mildred, or as Charlie refers to her The Dreadful Mildew. Charlie makes friends with a spider, with bees and with bats, much to Aunt Mildred’s chagrin. However, because his is clever, resourceful and kind-hearted, Charlie never lets his aunt get the better of him. Available at Shakespeare & Co. shakeandco.com or 212-772-3400.