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Murder In Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy by [Stapinski, Helene]
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“The style is streetwise Hemingway, the theme is Faulkner in a nutshell.” (New York Times Book Review)

Murder in Matera is a remarkable family saga that captures the beauty and grit of southern Italy. The powerful and complicated matriarch at the center of Stapinski’s tale will stay with you long after you finish the book.” (Gay Talese, author of Unto the Sons and The Voyeur’s Motel)

“This book is many things: a gripping murder story, an ancestral journey, a tender yet funny reflection on motherhood and love of country, family, and food. But mostly it’s just a total page turner. Helene Stapinski is incapable of delivering a dull moment.” (Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects Of Discussion)

“Meticulously researched and evocative, Murder in Matera is a powerful story of identity and destiny—and it’s honestly, beautifully told.” (Mark Rotella, author of Amore: The Story of Italian American Song and Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria)

“Fascinating and informative . . . Stapinski’s description of the near-feudal life in southern Italy in the 19th century is compelling.” (Newsday)

“A thrilling detective story. . . .  Stapinski pursues the study of her family’s criminal genealogy with unexpected emotional results.”  (Library Journal)

“Entertaining…part memoir, part murder mystery…Stapinski retells her decadelong search for the truth about the early life of her great-great grandmother Vita.” (Publishers Weekly)

“An enticing page-turner . . . a rollicking, magical tale.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Stapinski’s research reveals a tragic, twisty history” (Booklist)

“A murder mystery, a model of investigative reporting, a celebration of the fierce bonds that hold families together through tragedies…Stapinski artfully teases out the suspense and the often shocking revelations that she shares here, fearlessly, about her family’s cherished and most troubling myths…Murder in Matera is a gem.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

From the Back Cover

From the age of four, Helene Stapinski heard lurid yet inspiring tales about her great-great-grandmother Vita, a loose woman back in Southern Italy who fled to America in 1892 with her three children after committing murder. Gripped by her family’s story, Helene embarked on a decade-long fact-finding mission, making numerous trips to Basilicata, the rural “instep” of Italy’s boot—once known for its superstitions, criminals, and desperate poverty. It’s an undiscovered land filled with badlands-like hills, ancient caves, and fertile valleys with silver-tinged olive trees, whose isolation is matched only by its forlorn, incredible beauty. In a stunning turn of events, Helene comes to learn what really happened, sparking an upheaval of her own identity and sense of history. Deeply researched and reported, Murder in Matera is a remarkable true story about one family’s hidden secrets. It is also a powerful and timeless story of immigration and motherhood—a profound testament to how far one woman would go in search of a better life in America, not only for herself, but for her children and the preservation of her family.


Product details

  • File Size: 1318 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006243845X
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (May 23, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 23, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L6R7UY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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