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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