I have just finished listening to this book and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for pointing me toward it, borkali. It tells the story of four generations of an Italian family, pivoting around the titular character. It is lively, tender, at times brutal. Some of it was very difficult to listen to – the things people do to each other, the choices they make. What drew me in is that the characters are are so beautifully drawn. I especially loved the first third or so of the book, which takes place in Italy. It has the feel of magic realism, layered with myth and tradition. Describing these lives, so deeply tied to place, just really hummed for me. The tone changes a bit after they emigrate, but they bring their homeland and their traditions with them as they navigate their lives in America. To spend all these hours entrenched with this lively Italian family, so different from the staid Scandinavians I grew up with, was just really pleasurable.

5 comments on “THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA by Juliet Grames”

  1. I got so far as getting this from the library and reading the first page ha ha πŸ™‚ Moving slowly but surely… I’m inspired by your review, JNaz! Thanks!

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    1. I hope you like it, borkali. As I said, I listened to it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Though it might not have made the rotation if I were reading it as I tend to reserve reading time for books that take my undivided attention. I tend to listen to books that I can multitask through.

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  2. I finished reading this while without power — it only took 2 days since the prose are so easy and fun to read. The story moves right along with plenty of memorable anecdotes in between — I’m so thrilled about our happenstance collective reading, especially since it started with the recipes and Stella doesn’t cook of course πŸ™‚

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