Italian Protestants? Few people seem to have heard of them, but the author’s mother’s immigrant Italian family was Protestant while his father’s were Catholic immigrants from Sicily. Relative Strangers describes the author’s search for the religious roots of his parents’ families in northern Italy and Sicily. He traces the history of the Waldensians, the Protestant sect that began in Lyon, France in the twelfth century, often suffering persecution, but surviving to this day both in Europe and America. Scott Turow describes Cicero’s book as “part personal memoir, part history of religion and always compelling reading.”
Frank Cicero, Jr. is a senior partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago. This is his first book.
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