Murder In Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy

Murder In Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy

by Helene Stapinski

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062438492
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 161,065
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Helene Stapinski is the author of Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, which recounts her family’s criminal history, and Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music, which chronicles her years playing drums in a rock band in Manhattan. She has written extensively for the New York Times as well as for New York magazine, Salon, Travel & Leisure, and dozens of other publications and essay collections. On the documentary based on Five-Finger Discount, she has worked as a producer and writer. Stapinski has been a radio newscaster in Alaska; has appeared on National Public Radio; was a featured performer with The Moth; has lectured at her alma mater, Columbia University; and has taught at Fordham University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xiii

I Plea

Chapter 1 All the Knots Come to the Comb 3

Chapter 2 Dark to Dark 13

Chapter 3 Public Mockery 35

Chapter 4 In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 35

Chapter 5 You Have the Face of the Gallitellis 39

Chapter 6 Go Back to America and Leave the Dead in Peace 49

Chapter 7 A Turned-Up Nose Is Worse Than Hail 57

Chapter 8 You'll Never Be Sated with Bread and Olives 67

II Discovery

Chapter 9 The Truth Always Rises to the Top 77

Chapter 10 Take a Coffee 85

Chapter 11 The Crypt of the Original Sin 91

Chapter 12 There's No Two Without Three 97

Chapter 13 Wild Things 103

Chapter 14 In the Mouth of the Wolf 109

Chapter 15 Gypsies, Gypsies, Gypsies 115

Chapter 16 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday 119

Chapter 17 Thinking on Your Feet 127

Chapter 18 Faithful Home 131

Chapter 19 Cupa Cupa 141

Chapter 20 With Snow You Get Bread, with Rain You Get Hunger 147

Chapter 21 Don't Spit in the Plate Where You Eat 153

Chapter 22 Pinecones for Brains 155

Chapter 23 Eccolo 161

Chapter 24 Go to Cool 167

Chapter 24 Don't Tell the Farmer How Good Cheese Is with Pears 175

Chapter 26 Empty Crib 183

III Trial

Chapter 27 Puttana 193

Chapter 28 Take This Body, Take This Blood 199

Chapter 29 Far from Town 207

Chapter 30 Way Out 211

Chapter 31 Recoil 217

Chapter 32 Song of the Prisoner 221

Chapter 33 To Every Bird, Its Own Nest Is Beautiful 229

Chapter 34 One Face, One Race 239

Chapter 35 Departure Is Nothing More Than the Beginning of the Homecoming 245

Chapter 36 Last Supper 251

Chapter 37 Get on the Train! 255

Chapter 38 Count Your Nights by Stars, Not Shadows 265

Chapter 39 Come Here 271

Chapter 40 See Naples and Die 275

Epilogue 281

Author's Note 293

Acknowledgments 295

Bibliography 297

Reading Group Guide 301

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Murder In Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Loved+reading+about+this+family%27s+immigrant+history.+So+many+details+which+so+closely+coincide+with+current+events.+Wish+and+hope+more+of+the+current+younger+generation+would+read+more+stories+like+this.+
karalla More than 1 year ago
Murder in Matera is Helene's journey into the past to save the future of her children, in this 'Can't stop reading book.' She weaves together the great masters of the past, Zola with his Rougon-Macquart, Balza in 3D details and clearing her children of the Biblical dark cloud, Your children will repeat the sins of their fathers. I loved this book, besides seeing into the life the writer, you are also seeing your life within the words as a reader.