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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie Fabiano Narrator: Angela Dawe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781455827015
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“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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 2/13/2014

    " Loved this book, sad its over.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/11/2014

    " A good story about an Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. Giovanna Costa, after personal tragedy takes her love away from her, tries to make a new life in a new work. The story takes you from Scilla, Italy to New York city's Little Italy. It didn't take me long to get involved with the characters and their experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 2/10/2014

    " This story was based on true events in the author's family. Giovanna immigrated to America from Italy in the early 1900's after the death of her first husband. In America, Giovanna has to deal with the Black Hand, the first Italian mafia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deligirl83 | 2/9/2014

    " As an 100% Italian who is currently living in Hoboken. I really felt a connection to this book. It made me want to research my own family story. This book was captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/7/2014

    " Giovanna was so interesting to me. She's a strong woman who just keeps fighting. And in such tough circumstances. At first, I wasn't going to read this book, but I'm so glad I did! Thanks to Connie for postponing book club & Ellin for lending me the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/7/2014

    " I'd say this is a solid 3.5 stars. I liked the story but found it ran long in places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherylb | 2/5/2014

    " DNF 40%, not holding my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Funk | 1/26/2014

    " Really enjoyed reading this family account of immigration to New York from Italy -- having been in Sicily this spring it was interesting to recognize place names and to read about the mafia - The Black Hand -- that the early immmigrants dealt with. Fascinating family history, good research, well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Wirt | 1/18/2014

    " Great fictional account of the author's family history. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 julien yoo | 1/7/2014

    " liked the history of little italy/black hand. found the story telling a bit clumsy and slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 1/2/2014

    " I got a little bored with it...I think it has to do with the fact that I didn't have long periods of time to read, so I felt I was constantly trying to figure out where I was in the story and who was who. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/30/2013

    " Interesting story of life for an Italian immigrant at the turn of the century. This story is based on actual event's in the author's family. The story holds your interest and is quite informative as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/29/2013

    " An interesting look at the experiences of Italian immigrants to New York at the turn of the century -- based on the author's family's experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/28/2013

    " Loved this story! A must read for history buffs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 12/25/2013

    " I was engrossed in the story and enjoyed the quick read. It was written well enough to supply all the necessary details for a background and to keep a story going without any questions. Overall enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Sclafani | 12/20/2013

    " Surprisingly a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/5/2013

    " Good book. Kinda an Italian version of "These is My Words." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Newton | 10/30/2013

    " This book roped me in - I couldn't put it down. I was very surprised and interested to learn that it's based on a true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/8/2013

    " Great read, esp. is there's "Italian" in your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 9/6/2013

    " 3.5. good, but nothing exiciting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/26/2013

    " This was a nice, quick read. Good summer book about an Italian family at the turn of the last century and their trials and tribulations in New York City. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/10/2013

    " Since my forte in high school was 'Mafia Studies' instead of American Government, this one caught my eye while on the freebie list for Kindle. I was not disappointed...felt like a precourser to The Godfather. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tucki Bailey | 2/28/2013

    " Enjoyed the story. Mostly enjoyed getting a feel for the Italian immigration into the US, turn of the century and what that was like for them. I had no idea there was an earthquake/tsunami in southern Italy in the early 20th Century. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby Ward | 2/7/2013

    " The second half of this book was not as good as the first, and the ending left a LOT to be desired. Too bad, because it had such potential! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 1/3/2013

    " This book was written for me. Turn of the century NYC Italian immigrants trying to protect their family from the Black Hand, the pre-cursor to the Mafia. This is beautiful, grimy, pure heroic historical fiction. This book was written for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 12/22/2012

    " I thought this book was a really good read! Would recommend it without a doubt. Call it cliche if you will, not everything I read has to be erudite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/17/2012

    " Great book. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 11/19/2012

    " Meh. Didn't really live up to the hype for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinita | 8/12/2012

    " Very interesting immigrant perspective - really enjoyed the descriptions and details (once they were reunited with their families after Ellis Island, what happened?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 7/21/2012

    " Political strife sends Italian immigrants to New York at the turn of the 20th centure. This novel follows one woman's story. I enjoyed the book and the descriptions of immigrants becoming American while trying to cling to their past loyalties. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 4/19/2012

    " Within a year, I will totally forget that I read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/6/2012

    " Some parts were interesting especially about the "black hand"which I knew little about but on the whole I found the story to be disjointed . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Hogue | 3/3/2012

    " Pretty good. I learned a lot. The writer definitely did her research. Giovanna was one tough woman!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/6/2011

    " A touching story of Italina immigrants in America. Well worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 11/5/2011

    " Enjoyed this Italian immigrant tale. Starts slow but you really love the main character by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eblis | 10/21/2011

    " Learn a lot about Italian Mafia! The author struggled to describe the main character emotions in depth and concentrated more on the outside events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanita | 10/16/2011

    " I thought this book was very well written and it pulled me right in. I felt like I was given a better perspective of what life was like for an immigrant, and I appreciated that perspective. The story itself was gripping and learning about The Black Hand was fascinating. Quite a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/10/2011

    " I enjoyed the story - especially when I realized it was a true story. However, I found the jumping back and forth from the present to the past confusing. When the author switched time periods I found it hard to figure out who was whom. Good, I'm glad I read it, but fell short of great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 10/3/2011

    " While it took a bit for me to get into this book and I thought the end could have been tightened up, overall it was an interesting story, more so because it is based on real events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annemarie | 10/2/2011

    " Amazing book. It started out a little slow, but turned out to be an excellent read.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 10/1/2011

    " A must-read if you're at all interested in immigrant families-I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merrick | 9/26/2011

    " This was really interesting and I loved that it was based on this woman's own family experience. I felt it took away from the story to jump around in time because you knew the outcome of the story before getting to it yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 9/24/2011

    " good research history, story seems stilted. "

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About the Author
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.
About the Narrator

Angela Dawe is an actor and improviser working with the Annoyance Theater and Second City in Chicago. Her career has encompassed stage, television, and film work, in addition to award-winning audiobook narrations, which include young adult, suspense, romance, and historical fiction titles.