Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street

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by Laurie Fabiano, Angela Dawe
     
 

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“Basing her story on her own family narratives and a deep understanding of Italian Americans, [Fabiano] paints a vivid portrait not just of immigrants’ lives in the first ten years of the last century, but of the vicious criminals who preyed on them.”—Mike Dash, author of The First Family

In Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano

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“Basing her story on her own family narratives and a deep understanding of Italian Americans, [Fabiano] paints a vivid portrait not just of immigrants’ lives in the first ten years of the last century, but of the vicious criminals who preyed on them.”—Mike Dash, author of The First Family

In Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. With stories culled from her own family history, Fabiano paints an entrancing portrait of Giovanna Costa, who, reeling from personal tragedies, tries to make a new life in a new world. Shot through with the smells and sights of Scilla, Italy, and New York’s burgeoning Little Italy, this intoxicating story follows Giovanna as she finds companionship, celebrates the birth of a baby girl, takes pride in a growing business, and feels a sense of belonging during a family outing to Coney Island.

However, these modest successes are rewarded with the attention of the notorious Black Hand, a gang of brutal extortionists led by Lupo the Wolf. As the stakes grow higher, Giovanna desperately struggles to remain outside the fray, so she may fight for—and finally save—what is important above all else: family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935597025
Publisher:
AmazonEncore
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Laurie Fabiano has had an exciting and colorful career in the non-profit world. After graduating college, she moved to her family's hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, established the Hoboken Cultural Council, and created an innovative three-month arts and cultural festival. She went on to coordinate New York City's July 4th celebration. After involvement in local political campaigns, she became Deputy Mayor of Hoboken during the administration of Thomas Vezzetti, a reform candidate dubbed "The Wackiest Mayor in America." When she left the Mayor's office, she continued a project she initiated - taking the first American Baseball team to the Soviet Union for a "Goodwill Tour." In 1988, AIDS was at its peak and motivated by the death of a family member, Fabiano became an AIDS activist. For seven years she produced the AIDS Walks and AIDS Dance-a-thons around the country, raising millions of dollars and AIDS awareness. In the past decade, as the Robin Hood Foundation's Senior Vice President, she helped grow the Foundation into the largest private organization fighting poverty in New York City. She is now the President of Fab Tool, a marketing and events company.
 
Fabiano comes from a creative and close Italian family and loves all things Italian. Elizabeth Street, her first novel, is her family's story. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with her husband Joe and their daughter Siena.

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Elizabeth Street 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
DouglasRachko More than 1 year ago
The book's principal character is an Italian immigrant woman who arrives in turn-of-the-century NYC. The hardships she faces during her "greenhorn" years are heartbreaking, but she flourishes and the story becomes uplifting as the reader develops admiration for the resilience and fortitude of the heroine along with several of the other immigrant characters in the book. There are elements of romance, espionage, and adventure in the story, as well as wonderful and instructive descriptions of life in NYC's lower east side in the early 20th century, including the early development and influence of the Mafia. Aficionados of historical fiction will delight in reading this book.
Chocolattez More than 1 year ago
Based on her family's true stories, the author has written a well researched and well written account of the hardships of an Italian immigrant family trying to make it in the LIttle Italy of NYC at the turn of the century. The story is suspenseful, poignant and inspiring. It truly evokes the feeling of that time period and of the Italian culture. I would highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in this time period, are of Italian descent or just enjoy reading about a family. Nicely done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the author's family history. It reads easily, in part because it is written with compassion and insight. It coincides with my understanding of the Itaiian immigrant experience in America yet shares nuances that make the reader feel like part of the family. Their victories are yours as well as their heartache. At times suspenseful, upsetting, but also speaks to the strength and perseverance of the human spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story and the characters ring true and believeable. I loved the story of struggle and the pull between the "old" country and the "La Merica" that this family found and grew to love.
dnp More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I am sad that I am finished reading it because I became so attached to the characters. Great writing, unbelievable story, and suspenseful...I couldn't recommend a book more.
Amaranthae More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book, and I think what added to its interest is that it is based on the Author’s own family history. Because of this the character are very real, and with that comes all the traits the human species carries with it.  There are people the reader will love, and those they will hate; decisions made will either have the reader applauding or booing and getting ready to throw fruit where needed.  Due to the fact that these characters are based on real people it is impossible to comment on whether the Author did a good job on their development, as to do this the reader would have to personally know those mentioned in this books pages, to be able to base their decision on.  It is for this reason that I have chosen to not comment on development; I don’t know these people personally, and feel that to make any judgement on their development as the novel progresses would be doing them, and the Author, a disservice. Having a family background through marriage of the Italian immigrant, I found this book very informative and learnt what is was like to be subject to meeting bureaucracy as the immigrants came through Ellis Island; having to make themselves understood in a country they hoped would provide them with a better life and, in some cases finding out that it really didn’t care. Not only does the reader find out about life in New York’s Italian community and how they survived through extortion and other tragedies that came there way, the reader also learns something of Italian history and the motivation that drove so many to weather the seas to come to the US.  It is apparent from reading this book that the Author took great pains in making sure the historical details were right on the mark, as well as making sure they told the story of these immigrants with compassion and understanding; something that is so often lacking in other books on this topic. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who, like our family, is here because of immigration particularly from Italy; those who are interested in the history of New York at the turn of the 20th century, and also anyone who is looking for an engrossing and different read.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read. The author brings you right to this place in New York and in Italy, very well written.
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Excellent book, especially with an Italian American background, reading through and understanding some of the Italian words was extra exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story from beginning to end. After reading the kindle version, I bought a copy of the book so I could share with friends and family.
bongie More than 1 year ago
Worth reading but alittle slow at times, a nice look into NYC and it's relationship with Italians when they came there from Italy, hardships and great times. Keeps your interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful depiction of the immigration experience. We give it as a gift book!
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