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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

Juliet Grames

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American dream, and one woman's tenacious fight against her own fate.

'You don't read this book, you live it' Erin Kelly

If Stella Fortuna means 'lucky star,' then life must have a funny sense of humour. Everybody in the Fortuna family knows the story of how the beautiful, fiercely independent Stella, who refused to learn to cook and who swore she would never marry, has escaped death time and time again.

From her childhood in Italy, to her adulthood in America, death has seemed to pursue Stella. She has been burned, eviscerated and bludgeoned; she has choked, nearly fallen out of a window, and on one occasion, her life was only saved by a typo.

However, even the best-known stories still have secrets to reveal . . . and even after a century, Stella's is no exception.

No woman survives seven or eight deaths without a reason. So, how did she? In a tale which spans nine decades, two continents, and one family's darkest, deepest-buried truths, the answer awaits. . .

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'A sweeping story of immigration, family, betrayal and most importantly, one extraordinary woman. This book is gorgeous, harrowing and magical' Julie Cohen

'Fresh and intriguing' Sabine Durrant

'This is wonderful storytelling, seamlessly capturing the love and horror at the heart of family. Juliet Grames's novel . . . sits the reader down at a well-laden table, and offers a hugely satisfying feast. Delightful' Mick Herron

'A beautifully painted portrait, majestic and masterful; a very fine novel indeed' Laura Carlin

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Praise for The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

  • A compulsive, huge-hearted novel about family, home and how women move through the world; you don't read this book, you live it.

  • A sweeping story of immigration, family, betrayal and most importantly, one extraordinary woman. This book is gorgeous, harrowing and magical

  • Thanks to gorgeous writing from Grames, it's full of beautiful passages and is the perfect book to take with you on holiday . . . a messy, complex and convincing story of women struggling to find their true power - Stylist

  • A sumptuous inter-generational saga . . . heart-wrenching - Observer

  • This is wonderful storytelling, seamlessly capturing the love and horror at the heart of family. Juliet Grames's novel, tracing the extraordinary life - and deaths - of an ordinary woman, sits the reader down at a well-laden table, and offers a hugely satisfying feast. Delightful

  • Packed with family secrets and their repercussions, the novel memorably pins down the American immigrant experience. It's an impressive achievement. - Daily Mail

  • Superbly enjoyable . . . a darkly funny story about two sisters . . . A class act - don't miss it. - Woman

  • I loved this meaty family saga . . . I couldn't help rooting for the complicated and unstoppable hero - Good Housekeeping

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Juliet Grames

Juliet Grames was born outside of Hartford, Connecticut, into a tight-knit Italian-American family. She attended Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history from Columbia College. For the last fifteen years she has worked in book publishing, and is currently Associate Publisher at Soho Press, where she edits literary fiction, crime fiction, and literature in translation. She lives in Brooklyn.

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