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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

‘You don’t read this book, you live it’ Erin Kelly

If Stella Fortuna means ‘lucky star,’ then life must have a funny sense of humour.

Everybody in the Fortuna family knows the story of how
the beautiful, fiercely independent Stella, who refused to learn to cook and who swore she would never marry, has escaped death time and time again.

From her childhood in Italy, to her adulthood in America, death has seemed to pursue Stella. She has been burned, eviscerated and bludgeoned; she has choked, nearly fallen out of a window, and on one occasion, her life was only saved by a typo.

However, even the best-known stories still have secrets to reveal . . . and even after a century, Stella’s is no exception.

No woman survives seven or eight deaths without a reason. So, how did she? In a tale which spans nine decades, two continents, and one family’s darkest, deepest-buried truths, the answer awaits. . .


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‘A sweeping story of immigration, family, betrayal and most importantly, one extraordinary woman. This book is gorgeous, harrowing and magical’ Julie Cohen

‘Fresh and intriguing’ Sabine Durrant

‘This is wonderful storytelling, seamlessly capturing the love and horror at the heart of family. Juliet Grames’s novel . . . sits the reader down at a well-laden table, and offers a hugely satisfying feast. Delightful’ Mick Herron

‘A beautifully painted portrait, majestic and masterful; a very fine novel indeed’ Laura Carlin

‘Packed with family secrets and their repercussions, the novel memorably pins down the American immigrant experience. It’s an impressive achievement’ Daily Mail
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 7th May 2019

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781473686274

Reviews

Fresh and intriguing . . . gripping
Sabine Durrant
A compulsive, huge-hearted novel about family, home and how women move through the world; you don't read this book, you live it.
Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
[Its] emotional force . . . illuminates every page. A beautifully painted portrait, majestic and masterful; a very fine novel indeed.
Laura Carlin
While the subject matter isn't always easy . . . the Fortunas are so lively and sharply drawn that you'll eagerly follow their journey from pre-World War II Italy to early aughts Connecticut
Vulture
Juliet Grames's epic novel . . . is rich in eccentric characters and unlikely encounters, and she inhabits a world that is tinged with magic but still limited by patriarchal values - and she carries with her a dark family history. It's an extensive, often cheeky, exploration of lineage, fate, and womanhood.
Buzzfeed
A sumptuous inter-generational saga . . . heart-wrenching
Observer
Compelling
Kirkus
Reading The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is like listening to the rollicking stories of your Italian grandmother - full of memorable characters and speckled with fascinating bits of history. This is a fantastic and timely family story
Jessica Shattuck
Packed with family secrets and their repercussions, the novel memorably pins down the American immigrant experience. It's an impressive achievement.
Daily Mail
Thanks to gorgeous writing from Grames, it's full of beautiful passages and is the perfect book to take with you on holiday . . . a messy, complex and convincing story of women struggling to find their true power
Francesca Brown, Stylist
Readers who appreciate narratives driven by vivid characterisation and family secrets will find much to enjoy here . . . [Grames is] an author to watch
Booklist
Paint[s] sensually intricate portraits of Calabria and Connecticut. With her story of an "ordinary" woman who is anything but, Grames explores not just the immigrant experience but the stages of a woman's life. This is a sharp and richly satisfying novel
Publishers Weekly
A magnificent debut . . . a deeply felt, richly imagined world . . . Moody, original and profound. Brava!
Adriana Trigiani
A sweeping story of immigration, family, betrayal and most importantly, one extraordinary woman. This book is gorgeous, harrowing and magical
Julie Cohen
This is wonderful storytelling, seamlessly capturing the love and horror at the heart of family. Juliet Grames's novel, tracing the extraordinary life - and deaths - of an ordinary woman, sits the reader down at a well-laden table, and offers a hugely satisfying feast. Delightful
Mick Herron
By turns captivating, shocking, heartbreaking and life-affirming. This is no ordinary family epic; it is the story of generations of women who, in conformity and non-conformity, blaze with strength, compassion and formidable will . . . An extraordinary debut
Vaseem Khan
Superbly enjoyable . . . a darkly funny story about two sisters . . . A class act - don't miss it.
Woman
Twisty and complicated, but wholly original
Electric Literature
I loved this meaty family saga . . . I couldn't help rooting for the complicated and unstoppable hero
Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping