Natalie Galli

About Natalie Galli

San Francisco native Natalie Galli has worked as a freelance writer, editor, proofreader and columnist. She penned two illustrated children’s books for Sunbath Studios: "Ciao Meow, an Italian Cat’s Story" and "Spin the Hound Lost and Found, a Tale of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake," and edited a third: "Leelee the Lizard Wants a Pizza." By day, she works in the field of health care. She lives in Marin County, California.

The Girl Who Said No

She Broke a 1000-Year-Old Tradition


Eighteen-year-old Franca Viola made history in 1966 as one of the first “#metoo” heroines of modern times, when she refused to go along with a centuries-old forcible marriage custom in Sicily. Having endured kidnap and rape, she publicly defied the expectation that she would marry the rapist to “restore her broken honor.” A social uproar occurred throughout the island—and beyond.

In Natalie Galli’s The Girl Who Said No, Viola’s remarkable story unfolds when the author arrives in Palermo to search for her, with little more than the memory of a tiny article she had spotted two decades prior. Galli wanted to know: whatever had become of this courageous girl who had overturned an ancient, entrenched tradition?

Throughout her search for the enigmatic Franca, Galli shares her own poignant and hilarious observations about a vibrant culture steeped in contradiction and paradox. Does she succeed in locating the elusive proto-feminist whose case forever changed Italian culture and history? Travel along on Galli’s engaging odyssey to find out.

“Engrossing from the very first page. I was totally swept away.” —Lavinia Spalding, author of Writing Away

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La Zisa, La Cuba, and La Cubula

by Natalie Galli

It started as a simple tour of Palermo.

“I’m taking you to visit La Zisa, La Cuba, and La Cubula,” Maia, my elderly cousin informed me, folding her newspaper.

“Friends of yours?” I was teasing her; I’d seen them on my Palermo map. I’d had the great fortune of staying with her in her

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