“Ms. Alfieri takes a tremendous leap with this memoir. It is rare for an Italian American woman to chronicle her roots in such a fashion. She joins a rich tradition of writers who have explored the Italian American experience to define it for those who lived it and for those who will come after.”
– Adriana Trigiani, from the foreward for The Dreams that Break Your Heart


Dolores Alfieri is a New York native who has spent nearly two decades working as a writer and editor in various media forms, from journalism to fiction to literary  non-fiction. She is currently the co-host of the popular show, The Italian American Podcast, the first podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn about and celebrate their brilliant heritage.

She is the author of The Dreams that Break Your Heart, a memoir that begins with her parents’ childhoods in Southern Italy, through their immigration to New York in the late 1960s, and the hard, volatile early years before she was born. Interspersed throughout what is largely a story of the Italian-American experience is her own personal narrative, which is full of the tensions inherent in growing up a modern, creative, free-spirited American girl in an old-fashioned Italian household. (To read an excerpt, click here.)

Her work has appeared in The Oxford AmericanDrunken BoatPasteNo DepressionBitchThe 22 Magazine, and Stop Smiling, among other publications. She has attended Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Millay Colony for the Arts, been Artist in Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and is a scholarship recipient of the Norman Mailer Center.