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BRAVA LAURIE FABIANO
on 4 May 2011
The term "epic" is greatly overused . Often applied to any work , good or bad , of over 400 pages . This is however a true epic covering the author's family from 1890 Scilla , Italy to late twentieth century New York .
The contrast of a never changing , innocent fishing community cast adrift off southern Italy with the burgeoning , corrupt overcrowded NY streets is huge .The life of the poor half starved , abused immigrants leaves one full of admiration for those who survived and prospered .There was corruption everywhere . No one outwith the immediate family could be trusted .The "black hand " thugs [ forerunners of the mafia]ran the rackets and didn't care that it was there own people that they were violently exploiting .There were few honest cops and those that were , were soon dealt with by the mobsters or the thieving politicians . Back in Scilla there were also devastating events and the author moves between the two locations skillfully never loosing our interest with her family's fascinating history .
We have murder , protection rackets ,primitive labour practices mixed in with hard work ,poverty and honest decent family values .
It took 10 years of research to bring about publication and it shows . The reader never doubts the accuracy of the events related in the lives of this real , extraordinary family .
This is a page turner from first to last .