Quite a few family members vouch for the stories in the correspondence which include the death of a future sister-in-law, the anticipated perils of crossing the Atlantic during the U-boat attacks on passenger ships, a young daughter's fight to survive extensive burns, Lucia's Mamma Antonia's transatlantic attempts to bolster the young burn victim, and sadly, the bitter news of this Mamma Antonia's death as it appears in Francisco Musacchio's letter to Gennaro Lariccia.
Lucia Bisceglia's correspondence shows the rich experiences of a woman who knew the risks of leaving her native land and those of beginning life in a totally new one---as part of a new family. More importantly, the letters show the love and strong relationships that she maintained and carefully nurtured across "the wide ocean full of dangers," in most cases with relatives that she would never see again.
All these messages, whether penned by her or others, became part of a precious cache of letters, the record of a life, that I have gathered for all of us to read and enjoy.
Ben Lariccia Jr., July 18, 1999