Check all that apply now or may in your future:
a). money and/or property
b). a family heirloom and/or ancestral documents
c). a talent and/or interest
d). a birthmark and/or physical resemblance
These are the usual items identified. The Inheritance, however, will prompt you to re-consider your understanding of theterm.
The Inheritance is set from 1897 to 1913 in Calabria, a region in southern Italy. It tells the story of Caterina, an atypical peasant woman who challenges social norms and the tragic chain of events her determination to live a life of her choosing ignites.
Answer Yes or No:
a). Were you raised according to defined social norms?
b). Were you expected to respect certain cultural values and religious beliefs?
c). Were you obligated to honour existing loyalties and continue the family business?
Did you answer “Yes” to any of the above? If so, do you believe family expectations can also be inherited?
What if a son or daughter spurned this type of inheritance? What conflicts would rejection ignite? How would family dynamics change? What would be the societal impact?
The Inheritance explores these issues from various perspectives and in so doing, reveals the complexity of the term. By the end of the book, you will be compelled to re-examine your personal situation and perhaps, change your definition.
I took this photograph (SEE BELOW) while wandering on a country road during a research trip to Calabria. I inherited my love of nature from my grandmother and my yen to explore and learn from my late father.
What have you inherited?
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