This project is dedicated, with love, to my grandparents: Joe Gentile (1907-1978), Emilia Gentile (1910-1997), Henry Fischer (1911-2005), and Dorothy Fischer (1916-2011).
My dad’s mom, Emilia Gentile, with my older sister and me at our home in Washington, D.C., in 1975, not long before losing her husband. She visited us often when we were little, but I got to know her better during my college years in Boston, where she lived her whole life. She died in 1997, one year after my graduation, at age 87.
My mom’s parents, Dorothy and Henry Fischer, on vacation in Quebec in the early 1990s, around the time I started college. He died in 2005, at age 93, and she died in 2011, at age 94. They lived a mile away from us throughout my childhood, but I grew much closer to them once I was an adult.