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The Family
The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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A captivating debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia, and a coming-of-age story of twentieth-century Brooklyn itself. Two daughters. Two families. One inescapable fate. Sofia Colicchio is a free spirit, loud and untamed. Antonia Russo is thoughtful, ever observing the world around her. Best friends since birth, they live in the shadow of their fathers unspoken community: the Family. Sunday dinners gather them each week to feast, discuss business, and renew the intoxicating bond borne of blood and love. But the disappearance of Antonias father drives a whisper-thin wedge between the girls as they grow into women, wives, mothers, and leaders. Their hearts expand in tandem with Red Hook and Brooklyn around them, as they push against the boundaries of societys expectations and fight to preserve their complex but life-sustaining friendship. One fateful night their loyalty to each other and the Family will be tested. Only one of them can pull the trigger before its too late.
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BittersweetBooks
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There is nothing that cannot fall apart 🖤

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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

This was good, not great and something I fear I‘ll forget in a few months. I loved the premise: a pair of girls growing up together in NYC with ties to the Italian mafia. The novel spans their girlhood through adulthood in 30s-50s Brooklyn. There was nothing specific I didn‘t like, but it just failed to “wow” me. Maybe it was my mood?

Megabooks Yeah, I don‘t remember this well six months later. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But I liked it. Good not great for sure. 2w
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Cathyloves2read
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This is a story about the Italian mafia. It‘s told from the point of view of the female “family“ members. I found that perspective to be unique. I found this book to be well written. The beginning was a little slow, but I had a hard time putting it down when I got towards the end. I enjoyed reading about the relationship of the two daughters who were best friends throughout.

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Cathyloves2read
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“Just as the sea receives from round the world its rivers, and is never satisfied….all his eating only left him empty.”

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Jilly6183
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Krupitsky has a beautiful writing style and way with words. I have a feeling that these are richly developed characters in her mind, but the final story felt made them feel distant. We never really get to know them. But overall, a good first novel and I look forward to reading her future work.

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JenReadsAlot
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I thought this was pretty good overall.

marleed I envision this being adapted to a series. 4mo
JenReadsAlot @marleed I could see that. 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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1. 50 pages in so let's say 3 ⭐️
2. A couple great nonfiction - Hill Women, 1619 Project and Countdown 1945
3. Working from home!
Thanks for the tag @fredamans @Eggs #wondrouswednesday @Kshakal @RaeLovesToRead @peaknit

RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag! 😁💕 4mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 🥳 4mo
fredamans Thanks for playing along! 😊 4mo
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Megabooks
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Krupitsky paints a true-to-life portrait of friendship with two girls whose families are swept up in the Mafia. Her decision to write in the third person present kept the girls at arms length, though.

Sofia and Antonia grow up next door to each other in 1930s Brooklyn. Their fathers belong to the Family, and the decisions made by them and for them have long reaching consequences. The book follows the girls from 1928 to a fateful night in 1948.

Cathythoughts Sounds good too 👍♥️ 6mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts I was surprised. It was definitely enjoyable! 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"There is nothing that cannot fall apart."
I really enjoyed this. I think the low rating is due to bad marketing - you should never compare a debut to a colossal storm like My Brilliant Friend. I have read that -years ago - I would not have thought of it while reading this if it hadn't been promised to be like it.
This is a slow burn read quiet and contemplating, it is not for everyone but I love these types of books.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklyforecast
I really want to start tackling the Women's Prize Long list but I need to finish up these library books. I grabbed the tagged on audio to help get me through my backlogged book of the months.

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Mdion1993
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Mehso-so

A beautifully written story that chronicles the lives of two friends, from childhood to motherhood to an event that will change their lives forever. Antonia and Sofia are part of The Colicchio Crime Family, living a contradictory life - one full of loyalty to The Family even as they fight against its constraints. A mob story is nothing new, but Krupitsky taps into an emotional earnestness with her prose that is, at times, haunting.

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Tiffiney
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I didn't like this book. It was slow and boring. There's a couple interesting moments...but mostly there's no plot.

KristiAhlers Yeah I skimmed the first few chapters at my local bookstore and just could bring myself to buy the book. If you don‘t catch my attention in the first 20 pages chances are you‘re not going to. 7mo
Tiffiney @KristiAhlers smart decision. It's not worth buying... 7mo
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janeycanuck
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Like Elena Ferrante‘s Neapolitan novels if they were shorter, took place in Brooklyn and had way more mob families in it. I got the same vibes from Antonia and Sofia as I did from Lenu and Lila. Antonia had the same thirst for more that Lenu did and Sofia had Lila‘s restlessness. Add on that you follow these women for 20 years from childhood on and it‘s hard not to draw comparisons.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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Mehso-so

2-7-22: My 11th finished book of 2022! This is the story of Sofia Colicchio and Antonia Russo. Friends since birth, their fathers are a part of the mafia referred to here as The Family. After the disappearance of Antonia‘s father, things change between the girls as they grow up, meet and marry Family men of their own and become mothers. Starting in 1928 and leaving us off at 1948, this story felt unfinished to me. I wanted a more detailed ending.

GidgetsTreasures75 ⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ 8mo
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swishandflick
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I flew through this book, so clearly I enjoyed it! Considering the primary focus is on the perspective of two women, it's not the average mafia tale. It's a saga that covers a lot of ground, though that occasionally felt like a detriment because it seemed to skim quickly past important events for the sake of squeezing everything in. The ending was also a little too rushed for my taste. But overall a compelling read and solid #BOTM pick! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed I really liked this. I wonder if there will be a 2020s sequel. I‘d love to know who they are now! 9mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Book #2 of 2022.

I want to give this more than a "pick". I absolutely devoured this #botm selection. A slow burn with a propulsive and unexpected ending.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

RaeLovesToRead 😻😻 9mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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1. The Family
2. 60 Books - in 2021, I read 55 books. I have two kiddos under 2 so reading time is a premium. We'll see how it goes 🤷‍♀️
3. Where the Truth Lies

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MaureenMc
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A coming-of-age story of two girls born into Mafia families in New York in the 1930s-1940s. Explores how living in this world affects your outlook on life. The characters were well developed, and I found the writing style to be engaging. Really enjoyed this one!

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍📖 9mo
Cinfhen Sounds good!! 9mo
squirrelbrain I have this as an ARC…sounds fab! 9mo
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Suet624 Sounds good!! 9mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Suet624 It‘s definitely worth the read, esp. if you‘re like me & have a morbid fascination with the Mob. 😄 9mo
Cinfhen OBSESSED with Mob Wives back in the day!!! LOVED that show 9mo
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Breanne1
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I was hesitant about this book and from the first page realized I shouldn‘t have been. What an incredible debut by this author. I‘m hopeful she writes another soon. I loved these women, their friendship, dreams and their struggles overcome; as a woman I felt this book deeply. #botm

swishandflick This is great to hear! I got this in my box and have been hesitant after seeing mixed reviews. Gonna have to bump it up the list 😊 9mo
The_Heeler_Booklife This is my current read. I started it and was like oh, this is not for me. I‘m over half way in and I‘m in love with this book. Soooo good. 9mo
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MaureenMc
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My last book of 2021 is tagged. I doubt I‘ll finish it before the new year. However, I do plan to start The Eighth Life on January 1st, no matter what. 😁

Thanks, @BookNAround ! #lastfirst

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It occurred to me that I‘ve probably never been too interested in mafia stories because unlike this book, most aren‘t centered around the female experience. This is a quietly powerful coming-of-age tale about regret, survival, and friendship. The present tense narration is different; it seamlessly flows from one character to another, which makes it feel like you‘re there, watching the story unfold. 🎧

tokorowilliamwallace Quality comment on perspective. 9mo
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TorieStorieS
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As the font suggests, this mafia story reminded me a bit of The Godfather- but with a more female-centric focus. The friendship between Sofia and Antonia ebbs and flows as they age from childhood to adulthood. The omniscient, present-tense style takes a little getting used to, but all in all, this is an impressive debut that will make you hum “Dominick, The Italian Christmas Donkey” this holiday season! A good #BOTM pick for sure!

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BookLineNSinker
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I had really high hopes for this to be a knock out coming of age in a world of chaos story but it really fell short for me. Sorry I was expecting a different type of book.

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stuck.in.the.stacks
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Be sure to check out my December Book of the Month predictions!

What are you hoping to see as picks for December?

https://stuckinthestacks.com/2021/11/25/whats-in-the-box-december-2021-predictio...

#botm #bookofthemonth #botmpredictions

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Megabooks
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#bookmail!! #botm + 1 👍🏻📚

Cinfhen Im super curious about 11mo
squirrelbrain I just got The Family as an ARC…. 11mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ll tag you in my reviews of course! 😉 11mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m deciding how soon I‘ll read it, but it definitely interests me! 11mo
Cinfhen I wouldn‘t expect anything less xxxx (edited) 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen sent an update to you and @BarbaraBB this afternoon. Wednesday was a big day!! 11mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#GratefulHarvest This was the #BOTM Nov. pick , I haven‘t started yet! About 2 best friends who share a common bond. Their fathers are in a particular kind of #family

Eggs Let us know if you like it! I skipped November… 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs yes, let us know!! I also skipped! 11mo
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Aims42
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This was a great 4 star read! I loved learning about Antonia and Sofia and the Family. Reading about their lives was fascinating and got me thinking of some of my friendships as well. Read it with a big plate of pasta and a glass of red wine and you‘ll be set 👍🏻

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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My box is here! I feel like I am always the last to get mine.

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marleed
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There was something about this story that immediately drew me in and I was near the end when I realized it. The MCs born in 1922 have yet to turn 30 by the final page, but the very good present tense writing had me forgetting time until historical reminders slid in. I felt like a fly on the wall that wasn‘t moving until the story resolved. I feel like there‘s another book or two for this Family, and I‘m here (well, a fly over there) for it.

Aims42 I‘m reading it now and your description of feeling like a fly on the wall is spot on! I love the “current events” slipping in and how it affects the Family. A good read so far!! 11mo
marleed @Aims42 Do you think it‘s the present tense that pulls the reader in!? Great book esp for a first time author! 11mo
Aims42 @marleed I think so! Yes I‘m amazed she‘s a first time published author 11mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Aims42
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView

1. Rollercoaster - I seemed to read some great books (the highs) and then towards the end of the month I kept starting and putting down books left and right (the lows)

2. The tagged book. Today is its pub date 🙌 I started it last night and so far I don‘t think I‘ll be putting it down for another book 🤞

Play along!!

RaeLovesToRead Love it! 11mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 11mo
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Aims42
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I love seeing my blue #botm box in my mailbox 🥰 And I completed the 2021 reading challenge so I got my free socks!!! 🙌🏻 This is a great way to start the new month 😁🍂🦃🍁

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guinsgirlreads
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Already got one of my #BOTM boxes! The other one is pushed back until next week to ship because of my add-on choice.

Aims42 Oooo I got this one too! It should be here tomorrow, I can‘t wait 😁 11mo
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swishandflick
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My #BOTM picks! I'm glad one of the main picks finally piqued my interest enough to let me get the Rooney as an add-on 😆

JamieArc I‘m waiting for the day that happens to me! Hopefully next month! 11mo
mrsthilkey @JamieArc saaaame. This is the 3rd month in a row I've skipped. Hopefully I can add on the Rooney in December. 🤞🤞🤞 11mo
JamieArc @mrsthilkey It‘s my 3rd month skipping too! January is my birthday month, so I‘m crossing my fingers for a good selection that month. 11mo
swishandflick I hear ya, I skipped the last 4 months so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one 🤞🏽 @mrsthilkey @JamieArc 11mo
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Laughterhp
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Glad I saw someone post #BOTM November picks were available!

Decided on the tagged book. I almost got the fantasy book, but I‘m going to wait for reviews.

I also included the add on, because it will be a LONG wait at the library!

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Breanne1
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I am so excited about my November #botm box!!!

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Aims42
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So excited for my #botm pick and my socks!!! 🙌🏻🧦📘

Twainy LOL I‘m wearing my NOT NOW IM READING SOCKS. 11mo
Aims42 @Twainy 🤣Those are perfect!! 11mo
Twainy I have these too. LOL can‘t have too many pairs of bookish socks :) 11mo
Aims42 @Twainy So true!! 11mo
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Kimberlone
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Honestly, if November wasn‘t my birthday month I probably would have skipped. I am interested in the book I chose, but it‘s one I probably would have waited to get from the library. What I am excited for is my add-on birthday gift In The Weeds. I‘ve seen great reviews for this memoir and I heard the author speak on a podcast. Huge fan of Bourdain‘s writing and shows, so I am really looking forward to reading this one!

vivastory I'll be interested to see what you think of In the Weeds. I'm planning on picking up the new oral biography in the next month or so. 11mo
Kimberlone @vivastory I also really want to read that one too! 11mo
Megabooks @Kimberlone @vivastory both are very good! Enjoy! 11mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I am also picking The Family. Interesting when all of their picks are ones I have never heard of. 11mo
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Lissa00
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November #botm

Desha Still life?!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 11mo
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vivastory
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I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: every book order should end with confetti 🎊 I feel pretty good about my box this month. I've been wanting to read Zauner's memoir since it's release, but with my father's passing over the summer I frankly don't know when I'll be emotionally ready. Until then I'll have plenty of others to keep me occupied.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔🙏🏻 11mo
vivastory @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the kind words! 11mo
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