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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Juliet Grames (Tekijä)

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"For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella's childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents--moments when ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella's own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity--beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life'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 independence. In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now elderly Stella and Tina."--Dust jacket front flap.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Juliet Grames (Tekijä)
Info:Ecco (2020), 464 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 25) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A beautifully written but very, very heavy story of generational trauma. For the right reader in the right mindset this book would be an instant favorite - and for good reason - but it did not settle well with me. The story is well told, the characters are complex and intriguing, and the plot kept me engaged enough to want to continue reading but, man, was it relentlessly depressing.

Also as a content warning: there is a LOT of sexual and physical abuse in this book. ( )
  SamBortle | Jul 23, 2021 |
I needed to discuss this one as soon as I finished it, and think readers will enjoy the strong writing, tough female lead, and the Italian history woven throughout.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jul 2, 2021 |
Digital audiobook performed by Lisa Flanagan
3.5***

In her debut novel, Grames explores the lives of two sisters and the rift between them. Spanning a century, we follow Stella Fortuna from her birth in a small Italian village at the beginning of the 20th century, through her family’s immigration to America, to the birth of successive generations, until she is an old woman mostly confined to bed and still “at war” with her younger sister, Tina, who lives just across the street.

I love family sagas and this one is epic. Stella doesn’t really realize the freedom she enjoys in her small village. Yes, the family is poor, and everyone must work to eke out a living. But they enjoy a certain independence and autonomy because Stella’s father is gone to America. They manage to immigrate just before WW2 breaks out and that freedom from Mussolini is in contrast to the restrictions Stella now faces in Connecticut; arriving at Christmas, the weather is brutally cold, her father rules with an iron hand, they don’t have the language skills, don’t even have room to grow their own tomatoes.

But Stella is a survivor. She works hard and works smart, saving and dreaming of independence. If things don’t work out exactly as she would have liked … well she keeps on.

I really enjoyed this book and this story of one family’s immigrant experience, as well as the background story of what was happening in America during this time. If I have any complaint it’s the device of “seven or eight deaths” that just seems so contrived. Even the title irritates me, as it makes it seem somehow paranormal. But maybe that’s just me.

I listened to the audiobook, performed by Lisa Flanagan, who does a marvelous job. She has a huge cast of characters to deal with and she was up to the task . ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 21, 2021 |
I’ve said it before but I just love books that follow a family over the course of many years. I find they can either be very well done or hardly done it all and not worth reading. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a book that I was not quite sure about at first and almost didn’t start. I am very glad I did pick it up.
Stella, her sister Tina, and her family immigrate to America from Italy right after World War II. As told by another family member, the book goes back-and-forth between present day and when they were younger. Stella is an oddity and almost an embarrassment to her father, but she pushes through against the wishes of her family. She wants her independence and she will get it.
The family member who is telling the story is trying to figure out why there is such a rift between Stella and Tina, so the whole story seems to revolve around finding out what occurred to make these two sisters not speak for so many years. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
Compelling, tragic
  samba7 | Feb 27, 2021 |
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To my immigrant grandparents,
Antonette Rotundo and Serafino Pasquale Cusano,
and especially the nonbiological one,
Concetta Rotundo Sanelli
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This is the story of Mariastella Fortuna the Second, called Stella, formerly of Ievoli, a mountain village in Calabria, Italy, and lately of Connecticut, in the United States of America.
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...the problems inside the pot are known only by the spoon who stirs it.
Without faith there are no miracles, just coincidences.
She was no one to the world---she wasn't pretty, she was old, she wasn't such a good mother---but she was everything she needed. She could work, and she could fight. She had survived all of everything. She had survived.
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"For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella's childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents--moments when ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella's own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity--beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life'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 independence. In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now elderly Stella and Tina."--Dust jacket front flap.

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