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The Sicilian Woman's Daughter: Four generations of mafia women Paperback – 22 October 2018
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“The charm of reading this book is that: always, and I mean always, the reader is satisfied with the result.” Manuela Iordache
“Wow – this is a great story!” Phil Rowan
“An enthralling read on many levels.” Book Trail
“Certainly exciting and riveting reading.” Emma B Books
“I really enjoyed the book.” Pamela Lewis
“OUTSTANDING” Haley Norton
“It’s a must-read for mystery lovers.”
From the get-go (catchy title), The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter delivers an exciting multigenerational story. I enjoy reading fast-paced novels steeped in cultural drama. This one fulfills my love for mysteries and intrigue.
Linda Lo Scuro weaves the story about the daughter of Sicilian immigrants with layer upon layer of substance. Soak up the history and ride the turbulent waves of discovery as Maria learns about herself and the roles of women in the Sicilian families.
The novel The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter shows what it’s like to wake-up to your heritage and integrate that knowledge into your present life. It’s a must-read for mystery lovers. Carolyn Bowen
“A cracking good read”
This is a cracking good read and it brings to life the Sicilian family that Mary/Maria has tried to forget for over 30 years. Mary is married to Humphrey, a banker with two delightful daughters and a grandson. They live in an upmarket apartment and she has just retired from teaching in a series of prodigious schools. Despite her seemingly Englishness as the tale unfolds we learn of her connections to a family of women who are definitely Mafia and of her dreadful childhood of abuse and neglect. She has carefully created her place in society through her looks and intelligence making sure that her Sicilian family stays out of her life, that is until she reconnects with Zia her mother’s sister and through helping her she begins to expose dreadfully deeds that have occurred and are still occurring due to the women in her family. Her life is then torn apart by realising that she is just the same as her Sicilian family and she needs them to help her when the life of her immediate family is at risk.. A story that will bring alive the heat and the underbelly of life in a Mafia controlled Sicilian village. Ann Gough
“This is an addictive read from page one to last and thoroughly enjoyable!”
I have always considered women to be the 'power behind the throne' (I apologize to all those Queens like Her Majesty and her husband who has to walk BEHIND her) and this book proves it to be true. It was fascinating to read about how different her lives were depending on where she was or WHO she was that day.
This is an addictive read from page one to last and thoroughly enjoyable!
Great book! Janet Cousineau
“Insightful, well written and I found the pace just right”
As I read this book I felt I was reading a true account of how ordinary lives can be turned upside down by family connections we try to remove ourselves (in this case the Mafia). Insightful, well written and I found the pace just right. The storyline took an interesting twist at the end which didn’t disappoint. Dawn D’auvin
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The story is told in first point of view, present tense by Maria, the protag. This is a quote from a conversation Maria was having with a woman:
“She was visibly shocked. Probably thinks that all Sicilians are Mafiosi. Which is rubbish. Not all Sicilians have the ability. To thrive in the mafia you have to be laser-sharp.”
It sounds like for Maria, Sicilians are either Mafiosi or too stupid to be Mafiosi. I don’t understand why Maria has to be so offensive. Falcone, Borsellino, and Impastato (just to mention a few) weren’t stupid. They were “laser-sharp” people who happened to be also honest and decided to fight the mafia.
And it gets worse. Maria killed 5 people and planned the murder of a sixth person. Yet, while driving through Capaci, she felt “moved”, thinking about how Falcone, his wife, and the officers of his team died during an attack. But she’s part of the system Falcone was fighting. She has no right to feel moved. Again, it sounds like she’s mocking the work of a very good man who died fighting the mafia.
Not to mention that apparently every Sicilian man is a rapist, and Sicilian mothers are worst thing ever.
Oh, and "assetta" doesn't mean "sit down" but "to sit". "Assettati" is sit down. And Sicilian doesn't have the "gl" but the "ggh" so it's not "pigliati" but "pigghiati" and it's not "minghia" but "minchia". Just saying.