From Karen Gravano, a star of the hit VH1 reality show Mob Wives, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia childhood, where love and family come hand-in-hand with murder and betrayal.
Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With 19 confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss - and John Gotti’s right-hand man - is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State’s evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family. But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table. He made a living running a construction firm and several nightclubs. He stayed out late, and sometimes he didn’t come home at all. He hosted “secret” meetings at their house, and had countless whispered conversations with “business associates.” By the age of twelve, Karen knew he was a gangster. And as she grew up, while her peers worried about clothes and schoolwork, she was coming face-to-face with crime and murder. Gravano was 19 years old when her father turned his back on the mob and cooperated with the Feds. The fabric of her family was ripped apart, and they were instantly rejected by the communities they grew up in.This is the story of a daughter’s struggle to reconcile the image of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and how, in healing the rift between the two, she was able to forge a new life.
©2012 Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
i liked the book and her stories, however Karen is not the best narrator. She lost me on some things because she is a little monotone.
I would have liked more information on the mafia days and a little less about Gotti.
Karen make no excuses for her father or her illegal activity. I really respect her family and her father. I don't agree with murder, but everyone seems to forget that he killed no one who wasn't in "the life"! The men who died killed or would kill if ordered to do so!! They are guilty
no victims in the mob!
There really wasn't much of a story line
You could tell that there are things that she just is either unwilling to tell or unable to tell and it shows in the story.
I wouldn't have cut I would have added.
I would never purchase another book read by Karen Gravano.
The most interesting part was the peek into the Mafia life from the pov of the children. This book also jumps a lot from thought to thought. Sometimes a little confusing.
NEVER!! She reads like a second grader, I really couldn't believe how bad of a reader she is!
I believe that it would've been better if it were read by someone else, the story is there but, she makes it hard to get into it.
I can't remember the book, it's in my library but it's the story of a mafia's wife. loved that book too.
Her honesty throughout the book, expressing the pain she felt when her dad went to prison the second time and still there. I feel for her brother and most of all, for her innocent mother.
Yes, that part when her father went to prison the second time and she feels guilty about it. The whole book is amazing and moving.
Overall, i felt sad seeing how she had to endure, experience and live that life. I know it made her stronger and she's out of it, but going through it was totally hard! She is in my prayers and would love to get to know her someday. She is an amazing daughter, mother, sister and human being.
If somebody else had read this book without the ridiculous mispronunciations and poor phrasing this could've passed as a decent audiobook. This woman can barely read let alone put on a good performance.
This book is very self-indulgent. At one point I found myself incredulous over her saying that somebody was prejudiced against gangsters. I could have accepted this story if you were even slightly remorseful of her fathers work life.
If I have to hear the word fustrated again I'll be very fustrated.
Most of it.
I had high hopes that this would be great. It was so disjointed and self serving it was actually anger inducing. Someone's obviously recently taught her the word "livid" and it's quite apt.
It was interesting learn what it was like growing up in "the lifestyle"
Although I enjoyed the book, it was difficult at times to listen to Karen Gravano's monotone reading. I would consider reading another book by her
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