Friday, November 4, 2011

Finished for Friday: Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano is a beautiful book that I found hard to put down.  It's an amazing, almost unbelievable story that is full of rich historical detail.  While it reads like a novel, it's even more fascinating to me because it is the true story of the author's family.

It begins with a love story in Italy and follows the young midwife Giovanna who comes to America after her husband is killed in a tragic construction accident.  The immigrant experience in New York is seen through her eyes.  She is a very smart woman and the reader can't help but cheer for her on every page.  Her new family life in America is first troubled, and then faces a terrifying crisis from the bullying they face from members of "The Black Hand," the precursor to the Mafia.

Although the author reveals the outcome surprisingly early in the book, I wont spoil it here.  It's a fascinating, well-researched book.  Highly recommended.

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3 people stopped folding laundry to write:

Melissa said...

Sounds like a fascinating book!!

Alisa said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! I will have to pick that one up for sure.

Roslyn said...

I always mean to do a review on some of the good books I read but somehow it never happens! have you ever read Miri's reviews on "Tuesday's Tomes?
She is also a quilter,lives in Israel,check out her blog.

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