Elizabeth Street

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In Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. Culling 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 ...

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Overview

In Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. Culling 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 on 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 and higher, readers share with Giovanna her desperate struggle to remain outside the fray, and then to fight for — and finally to save — that which is important above all other: family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935597025
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Fabiano loves her family and all things Italian. She has dedicated her career to marketing and event production for non-profit organizations empowering others to share their life stories and raising hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of those in need. This book, her first, is her story. Laurie lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with her husband Joe and their daughter Siena.

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

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    An Enthralling Novel!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Excellent description of the hardships of Italian immigrant life at the turn of the century in NYC

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Well-Written

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    Recommened for all Decendants of Italian Immigrants

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Absolutely amazing book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

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    This was a very interesting book, and I think what added to its

    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.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Excellent book, especially with an Italian American background,

    Excellent book, especially with an Italian American background, reading through and understanding some of the Italian words was extra exciting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    I loved this story from beginning to end. After reading the kin

    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.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Worth reading but alittle slow at times, a nice look into NYC an

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Wonderful depiction of the immigration experience. We give it as a gift book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Great Book.

    Love the book. My great-grandparents also from Italy came thru Ellis Island during this period. They came to Elmira, NY. Don't know much of my Italian family. Thank you for such an enjoyable book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    Highly recommend this book, especially if your are of Italian descent.

    The characters become part of your own family. You share in their tragedies, losses, loves. I hope Laurie is working on the sequel -- Angelina and Anthony's story. Can't wait to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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