Finding Family [NOOK Book]

Overview

Dominic Mangini wanted what all 8-year-old boys want—time to laugh and play, loving parents, and enough food on the table. But in war-ravaged Sicily, food was scarce, and his parents were as scarred as the land.

His father said they must move to America so they could start over and be a family once again. Dominic got a new start, and he got a new family—but not the kind of family he expected.
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Finding Family

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Overview

Dominic Mangini wanted what all 8-year-old boys want—time to laugh and play, loving parents, and enough food on the table. But in war-ravaged Sicily, food was scarce, and his parents were as scarred as the land.

His father said they must move to America so they could start over and be a family once again. Dominic got a new start, and he got a new family—but not the kind of family he expected.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148274810
  • Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 178,305
  • File size: 444 KB

Meet the Author

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Somehow I survived the transition to adulthood, but when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 41 animals—12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.
Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. By day I am a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening I help my wife tend the animals, and at night—late at night—I turn into a writer.

Go check out the website: www.giacomogiammatteo.com. Look  around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think. Contact me at .
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  • Posted December 14, 2013

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    Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite World War II had a

    Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

    World War II had all but destroyed Sicily and Domenico's family needed to get out. His father promised the family that things would be better for them in America. It is that hope which set Domenico and his family on an irrevocable course in Finding Family: A Mystery Novella by Giacomo Giammatteo, the first in The Blood Flows South series. With his father drinking up most of the money that the four of them worked so hard to raise in order book their passage to New York, Domenico turns to a dishonest means of obtaining money. Once in New York, things are no better. His father is still a drunk, his mother falls ill, and Domenico is forced to take care of his younger brother Giuseppe "Zappe." In the racial strife of Hell's Kitchen where Irish, Italians, and Puerto Ricans are all trying to coexist, taking care of Zappe isn't an easy task. Domenico won't survive alone. Another Sicilian family might be his only option; an option from which he can never turn back.

    Giacomo Giammatteo has written a vivid tale of life in the streets for a Sicilian immigrant in New York in the 1960s. Finding Family: A Mystery Novella is a page-turner with plenty of action, but plenty of deep feeling as well. Giacomo expertly captures the devotion to family and especially Domenico's devotion to Zappe, which his mother has passed on to him. Thrilling, heartbreaking and realistic, Finding Family: A Mystery Novella starts off the Blood Flows South series like a shot from a pistol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Having previously read' 'A Bullet for Carlos' I was intrigued by

    Having previously read' 'A Bullet for Carlos' I was intrigued by the circumstances leading to a decent man ending up the way he did. Dominic struck me as a decent man. I rooted for him, although I knew how it turned out. There was so much honor in this man and so much of a family ethic that he could not fail to come across as a good guy, irrespective of what he did. Now I know and I am very satisfied that I bought this book.




    Giammatteo elevates this character into a charismatic human being. Dominic takes the road to hell from good intentions. This is not just about personal and selfish survival; this is about protecting his beloved younger brother. The warm feelings of Scilly are very apparent, as it the reality of Post WW11 deprivation in Europe. America is the land of gold and honey, or is it? Dominic learns how he must survive in the New World and protect his gentle younger brother. Yes, family is everything, but family can have many meanings.




    This is another masterpiece from Giacomo Giammatteo. I could not stop reading this book until it was finished. Fortunately my purchase occurred over the weekend so my lack of sleep, as a result, did not impact on work time. Yes, it is that gripping.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Wounderful

    Great book,but when do i find out what happens. Great book

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Looks good so going to read it next.

    Looks good so going to read it next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Wanting more

    I liked all of this book, but it was rather short and it left me wanting more! Which I guess is the point.

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