Cambridge Street, a New Novel, Tells of the Struggle and Bravery of Immigrants Who Came to America in the Early 1900s as Seen Through the Eyes of One Family

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The Tomasos, a family of Sicilian farmers, are forced to leave the land and the people they love; after a heartbreaking separation from their family, they arrive in Chicago at the dawning of the Roaring Twenties. They quickly learn that they are not wanted or welcome -- life is tough; they had to learn to be tougher just to survive.


June, 2018

Author Steven Decker tells a story, inspired by true events, that has been called “A must read” and “… an amazing story, beautifully written."

Decker said “For too long, Italian immigrants have been criminalized in books and movies and their violent acts glamorized. The real story is that 99% of the Italians came here to work hard and give their families better lives. I felt obligated to tell their story. I hope I did them justice in my novel about one family whose bravery and sacrifice represents millions.”

Cambridge Street picks up the Tomaso saga on a sweet-smelling farm in Sicily. Tomas and Katerina have three boys: Paolo, Renzo, and Leonardo. On the verge of poverty and after getting caught up in a Mafia web of violence, the family decides to send their sons to America. It is a heart-breaking separation: each must say good bye to the people they love knowing they will likely never see them again.

In America, at the dawning of the Roaring Twenties, the new arrivals must adjust to life as unskilled laborers in the squalid city of Chicago, living in the tenements on Cambridge Street. They want to grow their families in peace but soon they are confronted by the same murder, terror, violence, and organized crime they tried to flee. Men from the Old Country with names like Malo Tancredi, Gazzo and Lupo run the people and businesses here like they did back home. The obstacles to a peaceful life seem insurmountable and inevitable.

When an act of stunning and horrible violence is committed against them by their own countrymen, the Tomasos must decide on a course of action that will define them as people and determine the futures of their children.

One reader said "I just finished Cambridge Street, tears streaming, thinking of my own grandparents. It got me. I loved it."

Cambridge Street is available now on Amazon, Kindle and at


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