Divorced from the Mob

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Divorced from the Mob breaks the mob code of silence and describes the life of Andrea Giovino, a woman born and bred into the Mafia, and her inspirational escape. Sexy and street-smart, Giovino married a mob drug runner, earned a seat at ‘80s nightclub tables next to John Gotti, and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime. Hers was also the task of keeping her children safe—keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her husband's clothes—and maintaining the household's front as a ...

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Overview

Divorced from the Mob breaks the mob code of silence and describes the life of Andrea Giovino, a woman born and bred into the Mafia, and her inspirational escape. Sexy and street-smart, Giovino married a mob drug runner, earned a seat at ‘80s nightclub tables next to John Gotti, and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime. Hers was also the task of keeping her children safe—keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her husband's clothes—and maintaining the household's front as a model of American domesticity in her quietly luxurious Staten Island neighborhood of doctors and lawyers, all the while helping manage a criminal enterprise that raked in money. A murder, a DEA set-up, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino, her husband, and her brother to the brink of prison. Defiantly, Giovino chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously divorcing herself and her children from the Gambino world of organized crime. Now a model working parent, Giovino has penned this perspective of mob life largely unexplored by film and literature, and a headline-grabbing expose of organized crime told in a voice readers will never forget.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Giovino was growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, her mother hosted an illegal gambling operation for some mob-connected guys two days a week in the family's basement. Apart from the money, this boosted her mother's prestige, since "in a poor neighborhood, even being close to criminals was a status symbol." After seventh grade, Giovino dropped out of school and spent her days doing odd jobs and babysitting; nights were for cruising the clubs, and she ended up pregnant and married. Husband number one folded fast, but in spite of Giovino's insistence that "[m]otherhood made me flame-retardant," she spent the next few decades falling for a series of wrong guys. Giovino's problem? She was attracted to rich and powerful men, which, where she lived, meant men connected with the mob. Eventually, she was arrested in a DEA sting and decided to come clean. In spite of occasional spurts of psychology jargon (her mom "negatively... influenced our psychological development," etc.), Giovino's voice rings true. She'll gush about her latest love, and then as if sensing readers' skepticism snarl, "So fucking what if maybe all that is just clich on top of clich ." Later, Giovino considers the camaraderie between her husband and his buddy after they whacked someone: "Once you killed with somebody it was like getting married, a kind of private ceremony, but since nobody could keep their mouths completely shut... it was a public declaration of your commitment to each other.... It's sick and sad that it takes murder to bring men together." Great literature it's not, but Giovino's memoir is raw and very real. Agent, Nancy Ellis. (May) Forecast: Fans of true crime and mob lore will be attracted to this story of a real-life Carmela Soprano, and a national author tour and print, TV and radio interviews will put Giovino in the spotlight. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An organized-crime woman recounts her "illegal, immoral, and unethical activities" in a fashion that will make readers' hair stand on end, then fall out altogether. "In 1992, when I was faced with a set of circumstances that was spiraling out of control and threatening my future and my kids' futures, I resorted to what I knew best-loan-sharking and my family." Well, 1992 wasn't really the start of it, for Giovino had been involved with organized crime from an early age. Raised poor in Brooklyn, her mother helped run a Gambino family gaming club and taught seven-year-old Andrea, one of ten children, how to steal morning deliveries of bread to help feed the family. While Giovino tells her story in an edgy, no-prisoners tone ("I stormed into the kitchen, shoved Johnny aside, and got in Michael's face, ‘Where are my kids, you fucking sick bastard' "), the voice of coauthor Brozek emerges in the uncharacteristically snippy asides ("I was no great student, and the calculus of human interaction was going to be my course of study"). From her first encounters with a wiseguy ("You think I'm gonna let you come into my apartment and have sex with me while my kid is up there sleeping, you piece of shit scumbag?") through a succession of men who traded in absurd quantities of drugs, Giovino's choices have brutal consequences. She successfully conveys their appeal-"I was addicted to the kind of high that came with being with these guys"-and reminds us that when you've been stone-cold poor, "money is a wonderful painkiller . . . after a while, I was beyond comfortably numb." When the DEA arrested her, pressuring her boyfriend to cooperate with them, Giovino finally took responsibility for her life andstraightened out. She now lives, under her own name, in rural Pennsylvania. "When you're in the middle of the shit, it's hard to keep it all straight," writes Giovino, who's clear-eyed enough now to tie her story into a neat, terrible bundle. Agent: Nancy Ellis/Litwest
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786187263
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 4.98 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Poverty Makes Strange Bedfellows 1
Chapter 2 Cinderella Out of Brooklyn 15
Chapter 3 Performing Live and In Living Chaos, It's the Silvestris 27
Chapter 4 Escape 45
Chapter 5 One Step Forward, Two Steps Back 57
Chapter 6 Mergers and Acquisitions 87
Chapter 7 The Pendulum Swings 101
Chapter 8 Lovers and Other Felons 121
Chapter 9 Hostage-Taking 133
Chapter 10 Allies and Enemies 159
Chapter 11 Hitting Bottom 173
Chapter 12 The Stupid and the Dead 203
Chapter 13 Do the Right Thing 229
Chapter 14 Like Thieves in the Night 247
Afterword 255
Acknowledgments 257
About the Authors 261
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