Divorced from the Mob: My Journey from Organized Crime to Independent Womanby Andrea Giovino, Barbara Rosenblat, Barbara Rosenblat
Andrea Giovino was more than just a stereotypical mob wife. Like the men she associated with, she had blood on her hands, and the Feds watching here every move. Giovino knew too much and did too much. Ultimately, her defiant struggle to break free of the bonds of her family's criminal legacy -- a rare inside portrait of someone who left the Mob behind, and lived to… See more details below
Andrea Giovino was more than just a stereotypical mob wife. Like the men she associated with, she had blood on her hands, and the Feds watching here every move. Giovino knew too much and did too much. Ultimately, her defiant struggle to break free of the bonds of her family's criminal legacy -- a rare inside portrait of someone who left the Mob behind, and lived to tell about it -- is by turns horrifying, heartbreaking, and mordantly humorous. As a child in Brooklyn, New York, Giovino's mother pushed her out of the house each morning to steal bread and milk from the local grocer, watched her brother become a hit man at age 17, and helped her mom host card games for such Brooklyn mafiosos as Crazy Joe Gallo, the likes of whom she was told would be her ticket to a better life. Grown into a sexy and street-smart woman, Giovino lived with a mob-connected drug distributor, earned a seat at '80s nightclub tables next to John Gotti, and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime that no mob movic or HBO series can match.
At home, she fought to keep her children safe -- keeping the guns out of reach, washing blood stains out of her husband's clothes -- and maintain the household's front as a model of American domesticity. On the streets, she resorted to loan-sharking and eventually co-managing a criminal enterprise to maintain her lavish lifestyle -- and finally, just to survive. Murders, a DEA set-up, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino, her common law husband, and her brother to the brink of prison. Defiantly, she chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously separating herself and her children from the world of organized crime. Divorced from the Mob breaks the Family's code of silence and describes the life of a woman born and bred into the Mafia, and her inspirational escape. Now a model working parent, Giovino provides a perspective of mob life largely unexplored by film and literature, and a headline-grabbing expose of organized crime told in a hard-edged and witty voice readers will never forget.
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