VIRTUAL LUNCHEON WITH FOUR FORKS Juliet Grames: The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

Event date: 
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Please join us for a virtual luncheon with author Juliet Grames as we celebrate the paperback release of her beautiful novel, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna! Lunch will be provided by Four Forks and avaliable for pick up on the morning of the event. We will gather virtually with Juliet and discuss her novel, learn about her writing process, and offer an opportunity for Q and A. Details on how to purchase lunch to come.

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From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American dream, and one woman's tenacious fight against her own fate

For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella’s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents—moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella’s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted.

In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity—beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life’s harshest realities. But she also provokes the ire of her father Antonio: a man who demands subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his family is his absence.

When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and Tina must come of age side-by-side in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them. Soon Stella learns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her independence.

In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now-elderly Stella and Tina. A richly told debut, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a tale of family transgressions as ancient and twisted as the olive branch that could heal them.

“Witty and deeply felt.” —Entertainment Weekly (New and Notable)

“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

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062862839
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - April 28th, 2020

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