The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

In this stunning debut novel, a young woman tells the story behind two elderly sisters’ estrangement, unraveling family secrets stretching back a century and across the Atlantic to early 20th century Italy
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 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. 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 them.

Title:The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
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    The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna Reviews

  • Tammy

    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 years. As you might imagin...

  • Ova - Excuse My Reading

    This was a fantastic read- from start to finish.It reminded me a lot of Marquez's A Hundred Years of Solitude from time to time although the magical realism in this one wasn't as dominant.This is the ...

  • Umut Reviews

    I'm afraid this book disappointed me for some reasons. The opening was very interesting, intriguing, but I was quickly let down afterwards. I guess there's a trend with 'Seven's somehow because there ...

  • Tucker

    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 ma...

  • Nadia

    Somewhere between 4 and 4.5 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 Unite...

  • Holly  B

    Really enjoyed it... Review up soon!...

  • Liz Barnsley

    Oh this book. I’m not even sure where to start…I 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...

  • Jeanette

    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,...

  • Lou

    I, like many other readers, often crave something refreshingly original to immerse myself in but discovering it with enticing synopsis and then finding it beautifully executed happens incredibly rarel...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Stella was the second child of Assunta and Antonio Fortuna and the second Stella because the first Mariastella died from influenza when she was an infant.Assunta had a difficult life and a cruel husb...