Followives

Followives is available worldwide on Amazon!

A contemporary immigration story

It's 2015, Viola, Bianca, Luna, Giada, and Aurora have just started to discover their career paths in vibrant Milan. These five women don’t have a lot in common until the men in their lives decide to chase their dream jobs in the United States.. 

Weighing their sentiments more than their aspirations—because there are million perfect jobs, but only one perfect husband—the women leave their lives behind to undertake the Californian adventure. 

Unemployed and lonely in a new country, the followives confront endless challenges. Impostor Syndrome, hectic jobs or no jobs at all, sky-high rents and home sickness are just a few of the troubles through which these women’s stories intersect.

The heroines will question everything, including the authenticity of their love, which they have traded for their lives in Italy. 


Followives explores different aspects of the immigration flow of mostly male engineers from Italy to California in the 2010s.

The often-unspoken voices of their wives provide a unique point of view that demystifies the contemporary California Gold Rush.

 

From Followives

"Your hobbies have always been more important than mine."
"Do you mean that my job has always been less important than yours?"

 

Themes

 

A tribute to Italy

There are two types of Italian expats. The first type remembers only the heavy bureaucracy and the limited career opportunities. They often say: “I would never go back to Italy!” 
The second type preserves only the sweet memories like the strength of family bounds and the unique Italian lifestyle. 
Well, I fall in the second category. I didn’t leave Italy because I didn’t like living there. I loved it. And I still love Italy in its complexity. For this reason, I dedicated Followives to this fascinating country.
Followives is set between Italy, especially Milan, and the California Bay Area. 
Milan dynamism merged with its cultural heritage is the stage where the characters live their struggles and romantic moments. The book describes Milan not just as a city to visit, but also as a place to live in. 
If you are not Italian, I hope that, while reading the book, you will be dreaming about your next vacation in Italy.

 
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©2020 by Irene Perali