The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
On Sale: May 7, 2019
Featuring: Stella Fortuna; Antonio; Tina
Hardcover / e-Book
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From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about
sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American
dream, and one woman's tenacious fight against her own fate
For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life.
Stellaâ€™s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening
incidentsâ€”moments where ordinary situations like cooking
eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns.
Even Stellaâ€™s own mother is convinced that her daughter is
cursed or haunted.
In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an
oddityâ€”beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses
her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby
sister Tina from lifeâ€™s harshest realities. But she also
provokes the ire of her father Antonio: a man who demands
subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his
family is his absence.
When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World
War II, Stella and Tina must come of age side-by-side in a
hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them.
Soon Stella learns that her survival is worthless without
the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her
In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this
heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting
rift between the now-elderly Stella and Tina. A richly told
debut, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a tale
of family transgressions as ancient and twisted as the olive
branch that could heal them.
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