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S a trend with Seven s somehow because there are a few books out there with similar titles It s probably aiming to utilise the hype around Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle or Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Also the near death experiences was the core of a memoir written by Maggie O Farrell s beautiful I Am I Am I Am So I m a little confused about the originality of this book That set aside I couldn t get along with the writing in this book first of all as it was from a third person perspective And I think it s one of the hardest to pull off In this case I didn t think it was successful It was like a chronological order of events rather than an emotional life story It felt very distant and cold The names were mentioned very freuently which was disruptive to the reading experience On one small page the same name was repeated 5 times The sentences were also short and felt choppy It wasn t a fluid lyrical or emotional story telling it was like listing the turn of eventsOther main reason is the book is very dark and it just doesn t change throughout it s bad luck after bacd luck without a break I understand in Italy small town male dominated society but it didn t change in America as well I understand maybe the writer is trying to make a point of women s lives were hard in those times but still I d look for balanced story Also the book was very long for what it tells so detailed to make it boring that I had to skim read some pages Lastly trigger warnings for abuse and incest for sensitive readers So I m afraid it wasn t for me but I m sure it might appeal to some readers who has different taste This was a fantastic read from start to finishIt reminded me a lot of Maruez s A Hundred Years of Solitude from time to time although the magical realism in this one wasn t as dominantThis is the story of an Italian American immigrant family through the character Stella Fortuna and her encounters with danger nearly resulting with her death Starts from a small Italian village in mountains where Fortuna s struggle to make ends a poor life in village Then fate takes them to America in it s complicated ways I really loved this part where decades of the Italian immigrants lives were explored how much they worked to make America great and what it took to be a citizenComparisons between the refugee crises and the people fleeing ww2 from Europe to America were spot onSome Trigger warnings The book touches dark and disturbing subjects rape incest from time to time but it doesn t go cringeygraphic and importantly doesn t victimise the female characters so I did the feel disgusted like I felt in some other books The style of writing is poetic and names are such an important part of this book which made me think of A Hundred ears of Solitude a lotI can go on forever but this is an epic book could be defined as a lot of things a family saga a slice of history a look at women s struggles in Italian traditions I have read this over a weekend and literally was lost in the pages Really enjoyed it a five star readOne final note I was really disheartened by the books name as there seems to be a trend with 7 somethings but this is definitely worth checking out Could have had a original name for this fantastic story I think Both Stella Fortuna and her sister Tina are alive today and this fictionalized account is written by a family member It s really Stella s story and it spans one hundred The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language years Asou might imagine a lot happens It begins in a remote mountain village in Calabria Italy and ends in Connecticut So this is an immigrant "Story About A Family And What A "about a family and what a and ends in Connecticut So this is an immigrant story about a family and what a it is It s a tale about surviving numerous brushes with death as well as poverty both in Italy brushes with death as well as poverty both in Italy the USA It s also about the bond between two very different sisters and the struggle to break free of cultural expectations I would be remiss if I did not add as a trigger warning that there is abuse both psychological and physical Nonetheless it is a well told and fascinating story of an ordinary family with the extraordinary ability to survive each other A favorite Where to even begin I m surprised I don t see five star reviews for this perfectly written compelling story of an Italian immigrant family The author is also an editor and it shows in the clear intentional writing I read Stella Fortuna s story over a couple weeks alongside other books and it s unusual for me to take that long to read a book It was easy for me to pick up and hard to put down with each session At the beginning there s a learning curve because there are several characters with similar names but there s a family tree included that helps with thatThe story begins with the birth of the first Mariastella Fortuna born to America Unchained: A Freewheeling Roadtrip In Search Of Non-Corporate USA young parents Antonio and Assunta in Calabria Italy I learned so much about Calabria s history After the first Mariastella passes away another daughter is born and she is also Mariastella a second chance for these parents especially the mother to protect her This Stella however has several brushes with death over her lifespan seven or eight incidents in fact That s only part of the storyThe heart of this story is the living breathing characters and the shifting and evolving family dynamics between them They move from Italy to America and adjust to a new country together some better than others Antonio the father is demanding and wants not only his wife but his daughters too to be submissive to his authorityBoth World Wars happen one while the family lives in Italy the other while they are living in America It is deeply movingly a story of family and it s no coincidence the story is told insightfully by a family member It felt so authentic so raw and achingly real that I just knew I would find out it was inspired by fact and the author s own family once I read the author s noteThere s so much to tellou and so much I want to leave out about this epic story There are strengths than I could take the time to list here I have read few books of this caliber that nail why I read The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a remarkable indelible story of sisterhood family forgiveness and strength over any hardship or adversityTrigger warning Abuse though it is not gratuitous and is not what the book is aboutI received a complimentary copy All opinions are my ownMany of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom. Rns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost her independenceIn present day Connecticut one family member tells this heartrending story determined to understand the persisting rift between the now elderly Stella and Tina A richly told debut The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a tale of family transgressions as ancient and twisted as the olive branch that could heal th. S fascinatingly compelling as The Road to Ganneious you see the impossibly independent Stella bend sometimes break but never totally give upAll around her other beautifully drawn and utterly authentic characters circle her Mother Assunta and sister Tina being the centre of her world a world ruled by the selfish patriarch Tony Fortuna There are many as the generations expand and as a readerou suck every single one of them into A Ship Must Die your consciousness where they will remain this is an insanely powerful novel on every levelThe plotting is a work of complete genius the phases of Stella s life focused around each of her almost deaths often ironically so there s not many people whose lives have been saved by a typo In what seems like no time at allou are at the end all the deeply held secrets revealed leaving The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism you at a loss as to what to do next It s one of those stories that as an emotional readerou ll never let goThe Seven Or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a sprawling epic an intuitive nuanced expression of the female condition of life battles won and lost it is without doubt one of the best books I ve read maybe even everI hit every range of feeling possible at various points of reading this so therefore I have absolutely no choice but to highly recommend it Beautiful complex heart breaking and real Go get it Many thanks to Ecco for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review She d been named after her grandmother which was proper but still Stella and Fortuna Star luck or maybe even lucky star what a terrifying thing to call a little girl There s no better way to bring down the Evil Eye than to brag about The Boy, The Wolf, The Sheep And The Lettuce your good fortune a name like Stella Fortuna was just asking for trouble And whether or notou believe in the Evil Eye City of Tiny Lights you have to admit Stella had plenty of trouble I don t like historical fiction I never have Not to say that it s bad I just find it rather pointless to read I as a reader like to feel emotions from the books I read whether that be terror joy or shock Almost all the historical fiction novels I have read haven t delivered that But this one Oh boy did it deliver So what s this book about The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna sheesh what a mouthful follows well Stella Fortuna from birth through many many near deaths and through death Stella s childhood took place in Italy and the reader is taken through an exploration of Italy and its culture We also get to see immigration and World War II from the perspective of an Italian family For a historical fiction novel it was surprisingly breathtaking and captivating Stella Stella Fortuna has a lot going on with her life First of all she has a death curse Her mother Assunta previously had a baby named Mariastella who died a few months old Assunta had another child and named her after her deceased daughter Now Stella is believed to be haunted by the angry ghost of Mariastelal Stella is constantly getting inches from death s door before being saved by some form of miracle Somehow Stella is able to live her life even though she is constantly in fear that something or someone is out for her Death curse aside Stella also has to deal with the fact that she s different She is the only girl who does not want to get married does not want to have babies and definitely does not want to serve a husband for the rest of her life She s a girl with spunk and curiosity Something everyone should admire It was both sad and inspiring to see her fight for her freedom during a time when that just didn t seem to be an option Concettina Tina Tina forever the little sister is a follower It is easy to relate to her because she is so innocent and meek And while this could potentially frustrate readers it surprisingly doesn t Antonio Inhale Exhale FFFFFFFFFFFFKKKKKKKKK Goddamn I have never hated a character Sometimes I wonder if it s okay to think about murdering someone as long as they are fictional Antonio is one of those characters that makesou think Yeah Okay I M Not That I m not that I mean gosh He just made my blood boil What an entitled perverted piece of sht that should burn in hell There are not a lot of people on my Burn in hell list Not even my old therapist is on there and we all know how I feel about her Fk The Diviner you Ms EBut let s focus on the positive As I mentioned earlier this novel is historical fiction but it isn t like other historical fiction s that I have read Most of them feel very depressing and all the characters are being challenged or endangered by war or political issues This one doesn t It s a very small town and slice of life and ends up feeling like a light and uplifting family books then what it is at its core We get to see a lot of coverage of the Fortuna family which was just so so much fun to read Juliet Grames did such an amazing job of portraying the family I literally burst out laughing at one scene that I replayed twice because it was just too funny That said this book covers a whole lot of heavy topics like rape rape some death curse and rape So prepare ourself for thatOne of the best aspects of this book in my opinion Was The Italian Culture I As An American Know Nothing the Italian culture I as an American know nothing Italy Though I do want to visit it someday this far I know nothing and so it was really cool to get to learn about it It was done so in such a fun and interesting way It s kind of sad that I ve learned about Italy from one book than in all of my history classesI also enjoyed the mild paranormal vibes I got This book isn t marked as magical realism on Goodreads but I will definitely mark it so I loved the underlying theme of religion and spirits and ghosts that gave the book such a creepy and spooky feel which made it all the enjoyableOne final note I really like the fact that the entire book is told using the perspective of a granddaughter who is doing a sort of research paper The idea of using that as a POV and narrator was so creative and uniue Overall an amazing and uniue historical fiction novel Everyone needs to read thisBottom Line45 StarsAge Rating R TW Rape SuicideCover 35 Characters 45 Plot 55 Audio Genre Historical FictionPublication Date May 7th 2019Publisher Ecco HarperCollinsStandalone YesBest Format PaperbackHardcover Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram I m afraid this book disappointed me for some reasons The opening was very interesting intriguing but I was uickly let down afterwards I guess there. R 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 absenceWhen 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 lea. ,
This novel is written so well so researched filled with so much emotion and veracity that I was sure it was a true story Only it s not and I m a little upset to find that out Regardless this book is one of my favorite reads of 2019 It isn t perfect but in terms of a historical fiction novel it s pretty closeAt first I thought the length of this novel was a little daunting considering there are so many words to a page too It s not that I don t read a lot it s just that I ve noticed some historical fiction books can feel too long and I get bored midway Not with The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna Even though it s nearly 500 pages every single one of those pages grabbed my attention Stella s life her family her traumas everything was so incredibly fascinating I couldn t get enoughVery rarely do I read a book where the trauma a character is going through makes my skin crawl and my stomach churn In this book not only did I feel like that when reading Stella s misfortunes with men but I also felt it with Assunta her mother These poor women went through so much during that time it s unbelievable how strong they had to be not to fall apartThe men putting aside how some of them treated women went through their own traumas as well They were forced to fight and risk their lives by going to war So many men died fighting a war that seemed pointless and that s a whole different tragedy on its ownI loved this novel I loved how it goes through Stella s entire life It s beautiful The whole curse that surrounds her which I won t spoil but I believed in is brilliant It s a novel close to perfection only some moments the pacing felt off and it would throw me out of the story momentarily Other than that Stella s story is a powerful one Really enjoyed it Review up soon It s brilliantly told in the language sense And also for the eyes cognition of the narrator BUT it s too long and it also invests the author s present day sensibilities and values into the whole most specifically during the last uarter of the book So much so that the end was occluded almost pathetically sad And it didn t need to be Until the last 100 pages I would have given it a full 4 At the 23rds point I would have given it 45 in total or maybe even a 5 star It s true to the culture So few books are within miles kilometers of the life reality in Southern Italian villages Especially the isolated and endlessly stone and dirt as within Calabria Sicily being so often invaded it s even worse Distrust has been millennia earned and men physical power force reigns The author earns 5 stars on Assunta and at least a 4 on Tina But sorry on Stella after about age 55 or 60 nope And it isn t the epiphany of her realization about her sister s jealously either that nixed her core That was fully than conceivable her identifying the mal ochio source Those kinds of siblings until death non talkingare epic usual and common than lemons and olives in PositanoBut it was in the offspring s tellings and particularly the method of linking connection with the author through her mother s Bernadette s s to me it just ruined the last uarter of the book With all that length where was Bernadette and her examples role play to her daughter Also be aware that the abuse is heavy several kinds Pinching in particular is status uo but it is most usually upon the cheek arm Not where or how Stella was pinched but in my own oung life I was pinched nearly continually Not kissed because kissing attracted jealousy and mal ochio It s a shame she could not have told the ending portions of that connecting essence to family for Stella in the ways that she told the rest of the book She did the men well Honestly I think as soon as these family 3 or 4 generations sagas get to the 3rd or grandchildren that they fail miserably And this book was not the only one with that exact fault disconnected dynamic Stereotypes did reign in portions to a huge extent but I forgive those Length and the wide diverting from the essence mood tone fire acuired to those discerning eyes of the first 34th of the book I don t Somewhere between 4 and 45 stars This is the story of Mariastella Fortuna the Second called Stella formerly of Ievoli a mountain village of Calabria Italy and lately of Connecticut in the United States of America Her life stretched over than a century and during that life she endured much bad luck

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hardship This is story how she never diedAfter reading the opening paragraph which gives ou a and hardship This is the story how she never diedAfter reading the opening paragraph which gives ou a good idea of what the book is about I knew I would enjoy this book And I was right Written as a memoir by a descendant of Stella Fortuna the story centers around Stella and her family It is a fascinating account of an Italian family adapting to an American way of life in 1940s and beyond Stella comes from a humble background but is strong willed and stubborn from a very Unfinished Symphony young age which does not fit in well with the traditional Italian patriarchal family structure Throughout the book I was rooting for Stella to get her ways despite her whole family opposing to her ideas Stella is also cursed or so does her mother believes as Stella comes near death way too many times throughout her life I m neither Italian or American but still found the topic of the book very interesting Highly recommended Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review Oh this book I m not even sure where to startI had some doubt when I picked it up to start reading epic family drama not being in my immediate comfort zone then an hour later I d devoured multiple chapters only emerging when my alarm went off for work That s how it getsouThe scene setting is intensely immersive from the small Italian village to the wider sprawl of America Juliet Grames descriptive prose puts ou right at the heart of the story it opens up around ou with breathtakingly beautiful effectThis gorgeous book lives and breathes within the hearts and sometimes dark souls of its characters the ever expanding Fortuna family right at the centre of that sits the much haunted vividly real spiky and ahead of her time Stella FortunaThrough the months The White Shadow years and decades Stella faces every kind of adversity andou are with her every single step of the way She is formed and grown through many inciting events the heavy weight of a woman s lot in life in those times For Stella Fortuna death has always been a part of life Stella’s childhood is full of strange life threatening incidents moments where 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 hauntedIn her rugged Italian village Stella is considered an oddity beautiful and smart insolent and cold Stella uses her peculia. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna