The Diagonal Trilogy by Vita Morales
It’s 1939, and in the shadow of the newly-built Pulaski Skyway (then called The Diagonal), Gianni Finti has drowned swimming in the debris-strewn Passaic River. His cousin Carlie tries in vain to save him. His perceived failure and the anguish of Gianni’s death opens a box of secrets that reveals Carlie’s true identity and triggers a lifelong quest for forgiveness. Based on a true story, The Diagonal Trilogy is a sensitive look at life in Newark before and after the Second World War.