Her husband can still recall how Paola Clemente used to set two alarms to make sure she woke in the middle of the night — 1:50 a.m. — to catch the private bus that would take her and dozens of other women to the vineyards.
There, she would pick and sort table grapes up to 12 hours, taking home as little as 27 euros a day, about $29, after middlemen skimmed her pay. Sometimes she was so exhausted, she fell asleep in the midst of conversation.
"Grapes, Death and Injustice in Italy Fields" is from the April 11, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Gaia Pianigiani and narrated by Caroline Miller.