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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: 9781473686304

Reviews

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
Superbly enjoyable . . . a darkly funny story about two sisters . . . A class act - don't miss it.
Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping
This powerful and compelling story has characters so beautifully drawn you'll feel you know them personally. Mouth-watering descriptions of Italian food and fascinating social history add to the novel's ever-changing canvas. With layer upon layer of misfortune for Ms Fortuna, this is far from an easy read, but its captivating plotting will keep you rooting for Stella until the end.
S Magazine, Sunday Express
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
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna achieves what no sweeping history lesson about American immigrants could: It brings to life a woman that time and history would have ignored
Washington Post
[Its] emotional force . . . illuminates every page. A beautifully painted portrait, majestic and masterful; a very fine novel indeed.
Laura Carlin
Fresh and intriguing . . . gripping
Sabine Durrant
Superbly enjoyable . . . a darkly funny story about two sisters . . . A class act - don't miss it.
Woman
A sweeping story of immigration, family, betrayal and most importantly, one extraordinary woman. This book is gorgeous, harrowing and magical
Julie Cohen
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
Packed with family secrets and their repercussions, the novel memorably pins down the American immigrant experience. It's an impressive achievement.
Daily Mail
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
A sumptuous inter-generational saga . . . heart-wrenching
Observer