All This Talk of Love follows an average seeming Italian-American family, the Grasso’s. It goes through several years from the perspectives of the parents, Antonio and Maddalena, and their two grown children, Prima and Frankie.Like any family, the Grasso’s have secrets, but they try to remain as close as possible, despite their differences. It was interesting to see the different ways the two generations viewed their responsibilities in life, with Antonio and Maddalena trying to keep all the traditions of their home country while their children grew up entirely in the United States. In the meantime, Prima and Frankie both take their own paths – Prima tries to instill the respect and values of the old country in her children; Frankie tries to get away from the constraints of the family while being pulled back into their lives by his sheer love and loyalty.Reading about this family made me a bit envious of their closeness, but also really brought out my rebellious streak. I felt confined just reading about it! It made Frankie a very sympathetic character to me, because I can understand how it feels to want to break free from something you know may not be the best thing for you.Prima, however, was almost a constant annoyance to me who grated on my nerves throughout much of the novel. It’s not that she is a bad or poorly written character, but I’ve definitely known people like her in my life, and several of her characteristics drove me up the wall. Prima always seems to mean well, but in a very self-serving kind of way. She’s a bit nasty with those who don’t go along with what she wants, and manages to consistently blame those other people for her misfortunes. In the end, she seems pretty miserable, and never seems to realize that her actions sometimes have far reaching consequences.The main discussion taking place is Prima wanting to take the family back to Italy, but Maddalena is adamantly against it. She deals with things in what she calls the Italian way, by just leaving them unsaid and ignored indefinitely, hoping they’ll just go away. The whole plan is complicated by the mere fact that life, like its problems, keep going on as much as you might not want them to. Kids are going to do things you don’t like, your siblings are going to continue aging even if they are in a different country, and you can’t outrun some things no matter how hard you try.This was a wonderfully written novel, though difficult to get through at times because of the family issues it tackles. It’s a lovely look into the Grasso family and how an immigrant family deals with the complications of spanning the first couple of generations in a new country.