Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family / Edition 1by Karen Tintori
Pub. Date: 07/08/2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"Nearly every family has a skeleton in its closet, an ancestor who "sins" against custom and tradition and pays a double price. Karen Tintori refused to allow the truth to remain forgotten. This is a book for anyone who shares the conviction that all history, in the end, is family history."--Frank Viviano, author of Blood Washes Blood and Dispatches from/i>
"Nearly every family has a skeleton in its closet, an ancestor who "sins" against custom and tradition and pays a double price. Karen Tintori refused to allow the truth to remain forgotten. This is a book for anyone who shares the conviction that all history, in the end, is family history."--Frank Viviano, author of Blood Washes Blood and Dispatches from the Pacific Century
"Many books are called ‘page-turners' by reviewers, but this one will truly have you glued to the turning pages for hours."-- Comunes of Italy Magazine
"Unto the Daughters reads like a nonfiction version of the film Godfather II--if it had been told from the point of view of a female Corleone."--Eleni N. Gage, author of North of Ithaka
Karen Tintori thought she knew her family tree. Her grandmother Josie had immigrated from Sicily with her parents at the turn of the century. They settled in Detroit, and with Josie's eight siblings, worked to create a home for themselves away from the poverty and servitude of the old country. Their descendants were proud Italian-Americans.
But Josie had a sister that nobody spoke of. Her name was Frances, and at age sixteen, she fell in love with a young barber. Her father wanted her to marry an older don in the neighborhood mafia--a marriage that would give his sons a leg up in the mob. But Frances eloped with her barber. And when she returned a married woman, her father and brothers killed her for it. Her family then erased her from its collective memory. Even 80 years and two generations later, Frances and her death were not spoken of, her name was erased from the family genealogy, her pictures burned, and her memory suppressed.
Unto the Daughters is a historical mystery and family story that unwraps the many layers of family, honor, memory, and fear to find an honor killing in turn of the century Detroit.
"Many books are called ‘page-turners' by reviewers, but this one will truly have you glued to the turning pages for hours. It's a must read for anyone researching their Italian ancestry."-- Comunes of Italy Magazine
KAREN TINTORI is a writer and journalist who lives in Michigan with her family. Karen's books include Trapped, a 2002 Chicago Tribune favorite book, and The Book of Names (co-author), among others. Visit her website at: www.karentintori.com
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This book was written very well I recognized a lot of the customs from the "Old Country" she was spot on. There was so much that I could relate to. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I actually lost tract of time. I was so engrossed reading. The neighborhood she grew up in mirrors the one that I grew up in. I loved it! It was like a trip down memory lane.
This book is mesmerizing! Seeking answers for the present from the past, Karen Tintori brings personalities to life in this troubling story of misplaced pride and male machoism in a Sicilian-American family. The horrific fascination of her family drama kept me reading well past bedtime. I could not put this book down until completed. If you enjoy looking into the past to understand the present, this is the book for you. Tintori also wrote about her grandfather who survived the Cherry Mine disaster of 1909. That book is also a great read. I'd read anything written by Ms. Tintori. I just wish she'd write more books!