Elizabeth Street: A Novel Based on True Events

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Amazon Encore, 2010 - Fiction - 386 pages
12 Reviews

Basing her story on her own family narratives and a deep understanding of Italian Americans, [Fabiano] paints a vivid portrait not just of immigrants lives in the first ten years of the last century, but of the vicious criminals who preyed on them. Mike Dash, author of "The First Family"

In "Elizabeth Street," Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. With stories culled from her own family history, Fabiano paints an entrancing portrait of Giovanna Costa, who, reeling from personal tragedies, tries to make a new life in a new world. Shot through with the smells and sights of Scilla, Italy, and New York s burgeoning Little Italy, this intoxicating story follows Giovanna as she finds companionship, celebrates the birth of a baby girl, takes pride in a growing business, and feels a sense of belonging during a family outing to Coney Island.

However, these modest successes are rewarded with the attention of the notorious Black Hand, a gang of brutal extortionists led by Lupo the Wolf. As the stakes grow higher, Giovanna desperately struggles to remain outside the fray, so she may fight for and finally save what is important above all else: family.


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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

The writing is excellent. The characters have real personalities and emotions that fit with the circumstances of the time period. The descriptions of Italy and New York are vivid and make you feel as if you are there. The story itself is quite compelling. A very enjoyable and engrossing read. Read full review

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User Review  - lisamunro - LibraryThing

I have mixed feelings about this one. This book is a fictionalized account of the author's own family history and indeed, with a kidnapping as the central drama, its a more interesting family history ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Laurie Fabiano loves her family and all things Italian. She has dedicated her career to marketing and event production for non-profit organizations empowering others to share their life stories and raising hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of those in need. This book, her first, is her story. Laurie lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with her husband Joe and their daughter Siena.

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