Based on true events, Elizabeth Street is a multigenerational saga that opens in an Italian village in the 1900s, and crosses the ocean to New York's Lower East Side. At the heart of the novel is Giovanna, whose family is targeted by the notorious Black Hand -the precursor to the Mafia.
Elizabeth Street brings to light a period in history when Italian immigrant neighborhoods lived in fear of Black Hand extortion and violence - a reality that defies the romanticized depiction of the Mafia. Here, the author reveals the merciless terror of the Black Hand and the impact their crimes had on her family. Giovanna is based on Fabiano's great-grandmother, and the book's heroes and villains - such as Lieutenant Petrosino, the crusading cop and "Lupo the Wolf", a cold-blooded criminal - are drawn from real life in this thrilling tale.
While set in a dynamic historical context, Elizabeth Street is, above all, the dramatic story of the heroine Giovanna and how she triumphed over tragedy.
©2010 Laurie Fabiano (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A fascinating account… that is at once inspiring and terrifying. Laurie Fabiano has turned her family's experience into a riveting tale." (Tom Brokaw)
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Elizabeth Street reminded me a lot of The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani however I enjoyed Elizabeth Street so much more!
Both stories follow Italian immigrants as they settle down in New York in the early 1900s, and if you’ve read them both then perhaps you’ll agree with me:
The Shoemaker's Wife just floated along, nothing really happened and no particular events or story lines really stood out. Overall to me, the story was not that memorable.
In comparison Elizabeth Street was really absorbing. Things happened in this book! The plot was intriguing, the people were interesting, the story was suspenseful, there was action, drama, intrigue … really, no contest between the two books. Elizabeth Street wins hands down. I liked it very much, it was a great read!
First, I did not care for the narration. Ms Dawe speaks in a halting voice that takes a long time to get used to. The story itself got bogged down with a kidnapping, and I was glad to see it end. I really would not recommend this title.
I am partial to Jewish Immigrants' stories so this seemed very interesting. There is no difference between which nationality/religion these immigrants came from. They are our past and that's why their stories are relevant, personal and entertaining.
I really wanted to like this book because the subject matter was interesting, but even though it was unabridged it felt kind of choppy. Parts of it really dragged. And the narrator didn't bring anything to the story. I felt the reading was very pedestrian.
Great story of historical events in S Italy & NYC. Makes me realize how so many of our ancestors paved the way for us w/backbreaking work & fortitude.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I did not see much value in the flash forwards. It would have been better to keep it all in the original time period.
No, only because it is not an outstanding book.
Not that I recall. She did a good job with the narration.
Not really, but I do appreciate learning about the plight of the Italian immigrants to New York in the early 1900's.
The flash forwards were confusing to me and I did not get their significance.
this was a great book. easy to listen to and completely captivating. I would listen to it again or even read it for that matter
I enjoyed the historical aspect and learned things I wasn't aware of prior to reading this. I actually looked up more information which added to my understanding of the characters. The main character, Giovanna, was a tough woman. Her sissy husband was a shame!
Only the narration.
No. I almost sent the book back due to the monotone drone of her narration. It reminded me of a computerized telephone voice. I am glad I stuck it out because Laurie Fabiano's story was quite enjoyable.
I would recommend the book, but not the audio version.
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