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The Embrace of Hope: A Novel Based on the Life of Frank Capra by award winning author Kate Fuglei

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“Friend, you are a divine mingle-mangle of guts and stardust. So hang in there! If doors opened for me, they can open for anyone.” —  Frank Capra

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean was going to be the biggest adventure of Frank Capra’s life, but the five-year-old Sicilian boy’s dreams were soon hobbled by the cramped steamship’s unsanitary conditions. Feverish and weak, Frank suffered the seemingly endless nightmare through rolling seas torn from his family and frightened in the isolated sick bay.

Emerging from the darkness into a new world, Frank craned his neck to see the torch atop Lady Liberty’s reaching arm. Awestruck, his heart swelled with a hope and gratitude that came to define his life and his work.

Frank Capra’s movies celebrated the individual’s power to define their own destiny through hard work and selflessness. Today, It Happened One Night, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and other classics elicit nostalgia for an America that was, and continue to inspire audiences with the deep-rooted sense of patriotism and optimism held by their creator.


Kate Fuglei is an actor, singer and author whose fourth book, a novel based on the life of Federico Fellini, will be published in April 2022 by Mentoris Press.  Her three previous novels are based on the lives of physicist Enrico Fermi, educator Maria Montessori and director Frank Capra.  She narrated the audiobook for The Soul of A Child, her novel based on the life of Maria Montessori.  Kate has also written the book for a one person musical, In The Blink Of An Eye, that will have a reading at the National Opera Center in New York City on May 15th. (intheblink.net)  Kate got her professional start at the Guthrie Theater and has played leading roles at theaters across the country, including Arena Stage, Portland Stage, the McCarter Theater, the LaJolla Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Public Theater, among many others.  She was in the first national Broadway tour of the musical Spring Awakening.  Her one woman show Rachel Calof, (rachelcalof.com) based on the life of a Jewish homesteader on the northern plains, won Best Musical at the United Solo Festival/NYC 2015.  Kate has appeared in over forty episodes of television, including , most recently, Star Trek/Picard. https://katefuglei.com


  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Mentoris Project (October 22, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.66 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces

All proceeds from the book go directly to supporting Save Ellis Island's mission to restore the 29 buildings in the Historic Hospital Complex.