Owner of Uncle Tony's pens book on overcoming odds

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Ed Carosi was inspired to write The Arrival, The Struggle, The Ascendancy by a friend of his brother, Hugo Rossi, a Vietnam Marine who worked with drug addicts in the South Bronx and ultimately went to India to work for Mother Theresa.

It took him 6 years to finish the book. Carosi wrote when he had time in between running his businesses and spending time with his family. The 558-page book was published in 2016.

Carosi grew up in the Italian north end of Providence and now lives in the Elmhurst section of Providence. Both sets of his grandparents came from Italy.

“I was inspired to write my novel by a true American hero who was closer to my younger brother than me,” said Carosi. “Hugo was raised by a single mother in a gritty part of Silver Lake in Providence. Following graduation from Mt. Pleasant High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought heroically in Vietnam.”

“Following discharge he graduated from URI and during this period he became a championship karate fighter,” he continued. “Through a quirk of fate, he meets Mother Theresa in the Bronx in N.Y.C. and she immediately took a liking to him and told him that before she calls him to India, he must build half-way houses and minister to the addicts and homeless of the war-torn South Bronx.”

Carosi continued, “Eventually he arrives in India working in the slums of Calcutta, assisting in the dispensary and hospital and working with lepers. The book takes the reader along the journey.”

Carosi opened the first Uncle Tony`s Restaurant in 1969 and went on to develop a chain of 27 restaurants, not all Uncle Tony’s. He has a son, a daughter and 3 granddaughters.

The books are available at Uncle Tony's Pizza Restaurants in Cranston and Johnston and are signed by the author. They are also available at Barrington books in Cranston and in Barrington, and online through Amazon.

This is Carosi’s first novel. It was published by Create Space Independent Publishing Platform in South Carolina.

Carosi is currently sketching out another book that begins in Ireland during the potato famine of 1846. bookED jpg

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