Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading as soon as they're published.. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further ado, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . .  

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna 
Publication Date:  May 7, 2019
Publisher:  Ecco Press

From Goodreads:  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.
My thoughts:  Family sagas are one of my favorite types of reads, and this one sounds like a captivating story of family secrets, drama, passion, cultural detail, and multi-generational characters.

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  1. Wow, this does sounds interesting. I've never seen it before. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. I hadn't heard of this one as yet. Good pick, Catherine! I like the sound of it and it would be a nice 'change it up' book.

    1. I've heard Juliet speak about the book, which really made me want to read it all the more. (And, she's an associate publisher at Soho Books!)

  3. This sounds so interesting. Great Pick! It also has a pretty awesome cover! :)

  4. Oh I love the sound of this one and it's a new one to me! Adding to my TBR!

  5. I enjoy Family Sagas too. This is one I would really like to read too!