Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street

A Novel Based on True Events

Book - 2011 | First Mariner Books edition.
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"Basing her story on her own family narratives and a deep understanding of Italian Americans, [Fabiano] paints a vivid portrait not just of immigrants' lives in the first ten years of the last century, but of the vicious criminals who preyed on them."--Mike Dash, author of The First Family

In Elizabeth Street , Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. With stories culled from her own family history, Fabiano paints an entrancing portrait of Giovanna Costa, who, reeling from personal tragedies, tries to make a new life in a new world. Shot through with the smells and sights of Scilla, Italy, and New York's burgeoning Little Italy, this intoxicating story follows Giovanna as she finds companionship, celebrates the birth of a baby girl, takes pride in a growing business, and feels a sense of belonging during a family outing to Coney Island.

However, these modest successes are rewarded with the attention of the notorious Black Hand, a gang of brutal extortionists led by Lupo the Wolf. As the stakes grow higher, Giovanna desperately struggles to remain outside the fray, so she may fight for--and finally save--what is important above all else: family.

Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Edition: First Mariner Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780547744940
Branch Call Number: FIC Fabia
Characteristics: 388 pages : genealogical table, facsimiles ; 21 cm


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Oct 23, 2013

This is a very good book and one based on true facts. I enjoyed it throughout - well written and flows very nicely.

Feb 25, 2011

This is an amazing book... primarily a fictionalized biography of the author's grandmother and great-grandmother's lives as Italian immigrants in New York in the early 1900s.

Very well-written and researched and just about impossible to put down.

Highly readable and fascinating.

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