Call Me Camella

an unlikely friendship unfolds on America’s open road.


What started as a 15-page short story for a class assignment has turned into a 200+ page labor of love. “Call Me Camella” follows two unlikely friends on a trip across the United States in 1963: Vito Russoli, a veteran and the son of Italian immigrants now working as a driver, and Camella Lawrence, a young Black jazz singer, estranged from her parents.

Their trip takes place during the height of the civil rights movement, intertwined with key moments from their pasts, providing additional insight into their lives. The story continues after their drive is concluded to show how each of their lives was changed by their short five-day journey with a stranger.

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