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The Seven Or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
The Seven Or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna | Juliet Grames
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Outstanding debut.5⭐️ what an epic family saga!
#Connecticut #Calabria

Cinfhen Another one for the #TBR 😉 5d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen hahaha...I know that feeling!!! You will LOVE this one!! 5d
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JennyM
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A sweeping saga about the life and death of Stella Fortuna, an Italian born American immigrant who had much more modern attitudes than the times she lived in. I think most will already know Stella‘s story in some way - my Grandmother‘s is very similar - and so will resonate deeply. However, I think for some it might also be too painful a read (TW in the comments). But this is Stella‘s story, and it will stay with me for a while ♥️

JennyM TW: sexual abuse, domestic violence; miscarriage 5d
Chelsea.Poole Loved this one! Glad you did too! 5d
JennyM @Chelsea.Poole I picked it up based on your review and @Crazeedi 😘 It was brilliant - I wish it had been twice as long. ♥️ 5d
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Chelsea.Poole @JennyM that makes me happy...good to know that you weren't disappointed! I just adore Stella. I have been pushing it on other readers IRL as well ☺️ 5d
Kalalalatja Great review! 5d
Cinfhen Excellent review ~ looking forward to reading this book 5d
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacking ♥️👍🏻 4d
JennyM @Kalalalatja @cinfhen @cathythoughts I hope you enjoy. It‘s not an easy read in parts but I did love Stella. 4d
Cathythoughts It sounds good , I‘m heading into town now , I might see if I can find it 👍🏻😘 4d
Tanisha_A Superb review! Stacked! Also, feel so good to be back on Litsy after a terrible week at work. 1d
JennyM @Tanisha_A I‘ve missed you lovely. I hope you are ok and it‘s just temporary work blues. 😘😘😘 1d
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Turns out, American copy wins. This is why, and this is why I‘ve lost my bookish mind....last night I noticed in the British copy, 2 things were missing: Map end pages of Ievoli, AND the family tree (which I have posted below). I want you to know I didn‘t sleep well last night (hence losing my bookish mind over details). I went to Barnes and Noble today to secure an American copy. I left BN on a bookish high and drove through puddles of sewage👇🏽

JanuarieTimewalker13 There was some kind of major poop dilemma at Houlihan‘s and my car still smells like a sh&tmobile. This too shall pass. The things we do for book love. Lol 5d
JanuarieTimewalker13 If I hadn‘t had a library copy initially, I would‘ve never known the difference in the 2 editions. #Librariesrock 5d
marleed I‘m fascinated by the UKvsUS edition of books. I want the UK Daisy Jones! I just saw Cecilia Ahern post the cover for PostScript and I bet that the UK cover! 5d
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @marleed I like the different covers, but I want the guts to be the same. Lol I have the BOTM of DJATS...love both the American and British ones...loved that book! Will never let go of it, but I want to listen to audiobook next year, bc it‘s supposed to be a great format. 5d
marleed @JanuarieTimewalker13 DJATS I listened and read simultaneously! And then I immediately relistened (first time ever!) to see if I could pick up on any nuances- having known the end. 5d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @marleed that‘s so funny bc I wanted to immediately re-read it too, but I got sidetracked with other books 5d
cookreadsleep I loved the family tree - the book wouldn‘t have been the same without it! 5d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @cookreadsleep I agree! It was especially helpful in the beginning. Oh my goodness this book is incredible. 5d
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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For those of you with the British copy of tagged book. Your copy does not have the family tree, so I‘ve taken a photo for you.

RatherTooFondofBooks Thank you so much, I really appreciate you posting this picture. 😊 5d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @RatherTooFondofBooks you‘re so very welcome. I don‘t want those owning the British copy to miss out📚❤️ 5d
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Rainy day, but my British edition came in, thanks #bookdepository for such a timely delivery. Now I can continue this baby. #battleofbookcovers British cover wins again! It‘s absolutely beautiful! If only all battles were this beautiful🦚$15.74

cookreadsleep I love that cover! 6d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @cookreadsleep it feels so good too! Raised letters and the gold...lol...Crazy book people! 🙃 6d
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Aims42 I always hunt for the UK versions of my favorite books because they‘re always prettier!! Love this version 😍 6d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Aims42 I do too!! Once in a blue moon, the American cover is prettier. I can‘t think of one off the top of my noggin, but it has happened! Maybe Circe? 6d
Aims42 @JanuarieTimewalker13 LOL, yes once in a blue moon it does.... not that I can of any right now though 😆 6d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Aims42 Well, I just discovered my British edition doesn‘t have a family tree in the beginning of the book, like my American library copy had. That‘s a shame-in this case, I would go with American copy for that piece of information....I‘m a bit shocked it‘s missing!! 6d
Aims42 @JanuarieTimewalker13 totally shocking! Why wouldn‘t that be in all copies?? 6d
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Aims42 I have no idea, but you kind of need it!! I just asked someone that gave a review and had the British one pictured if her copy had it. It may take awhile for a response. This is disheartening! 6d
JanuarieTimewalker13 This edition is also missing map. 5d
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I started reading The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames this afternoon. This is such a beautiful and brilliant novel - I want to savour it and devour it at the same time! This is the second book for my 20 Books of Summer challenge. #amreading #StellaFortuna

JanuarieTimewalker13 I have a quick question-I see you also have British edition...I just received mine, after having to return American edition to library. My British edition does not have a family tree, like the American edition does in the beginning of the book. I‘m so confused as to why-Does yours have it? (edited) 6d
RatherTooFondofBooks My copy doesn‘t have a family tree in either, which is a shame when the family is quite complicated to keep track of. Are you enjoying the book? I think it‘s a wonderful novel so far. 5d
JanuarieTimewalker13 The book is amazing, I‘m almost done, but I think it‘s so sad that the British edition has neither the family tree nor the map end pages. I‘m going to post the Inside of the American edition later. I had to purchase an American copy. This is a lesson learned.I‘m not sure how I could decipher the difference online, however, when purchasing it. I‘ll post to alert other people. That‘s prob why the American copy is a bit more expensive. 5d
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AmyLarge
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The author uses her own family history for this tale. The eponymous Stella is not the first to carry her name, with a sister who died during infancy. From rocky beginnings the Fortuna family face poverty, war, migration, and a host of author traumas along the way. Some of the content makes for very uncomfortable reading, but the story is told with detail and respect for a very complex and interesting past.

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JennyM
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#GypsyRoad - the life and deaths of Stella Fortuna.

I‘ve just cracked open the tagged book and whoa...I‘m hooked. I think I‘m in for an absolute treat. I‘m calling take-out for dinner 😉

#WanderingJune

BarbaraBB I‘m intrigued. Looking forward to your review! 1w
Cinfhen Ahhhh!!! Serendipity!!!! And what @BarbaraBB said 👆🏼 1w
Kalalalatja I‘m with @BarbaraBB excited for your review! 1w
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JennyM @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen it‘s very, very good so far! 1w
Cinfhen Stacked! 1w
Crazeedi @Cinfhen you will ❤❤❤❤ this book! 1w
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB @JennyM @Kalalalatja this book was awesome! I bought a copy and sent to my dear Italian best friend! 1w
Crazeedi @JennyM isn't it just the best! One of my top books of the year 1w
Cinfhen Oh thanks @Crazeedi I trust your opinion 1w
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JennyM
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Library goodies 📚❣️🙌

erzascarletbookgasm I really liked Snap! 👍 Look forward to your review of the tagged book. Happy reading! 😘 1w
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been wanting to read Snap for ages, but my library has only just got it in. I hear only good things about it. And the tagged book has all the makings of a fave book - excellent so far 😘 1w
Cathythoughts I loved Snap 1w
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JennyM @Cathythoughts I know...it was a #blameitonCathy stack 😉 I‘m really looking forward to it 1w
youneverarrived What a beautiful cover 💚 1w
Freespirit It looks like a good long weekend of reading ahead!❤️ 1w
Crazeedi You are going to adore stella fortuna!! One of my 5 star books so far this year. And I dont do too many of those 1w
BiblioLitten I liked Snap! 1w
Tanisha_A Happy happy readend! 🥰 1w
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HotCocoaReads
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This story about how a girl narrowly avoids death so many times is not a light one; however, it's an important book about an immigrant from Italy, about strong women, and how they try to fight to protect themselves and each other.

Featured: Healthtea Book Crate May box

marleed I loved this book. And an earlier post from you was how I found out about the health tea bookcrate! 1w
HotCocoaReads @marleed I just love their boxes—they choose the best books to include!!! 1w
marleed @HotCocoaReads Thank you for giving them a shout out! 1w
HotCocoaReads @marleed I‘m so glad you love them too 🥰 1w
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Expandingbookshelf
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“Family memory is a tricky thing; we repeat some stories to ourselves until we are bored of them, while others inexplicably fall away. Or maybe not inexplicably; maybe some stories, if remembered, would fit too uncomfortably into the present family narrative."

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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BOTM choice came in!! The cover is so beautiful!! Stella Fortuna is my current read and LOVING it! Her cover is also beautiful!

Chelsea.Poole I cannot stop thinking about Stella!! So good!! 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Chelsea.Poole oh good!! I‘m only about 75 pages in, and it had me right out of the gate!! 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Note to self: book has to be returned to library, you are on p269...will be different in British edition...page starts with “In February 1947.....” 1w
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Breanne1
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So many good books on kindle/nook sale today!!! Just a heads up to all to check it out. I bought 6 including the one tagged: The Hiding Place, No Exit, Freefall, The Invited, and The Lady from the Black Lagoon. #bookhaul

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Chelsea.Poole
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This is most likely the BEST BOOK I'll read all year. I adore Stella 🥰😭 --> all the emojis. Author Grames is masterful in her development of characters who just jump from the page. Historical fiction from a rugged village in Italy 🇮🇹, across the ocean, and to Connecticut. Stella's the star, but readers get a chance to know all of those in her orbit, and woah, is it a cast of characters!! I cannot say enough good things about this book. 5🌟

Crazeedi I adored this book!!! I actually just ordered it and shipped it to my Italian best friend!!! 2w
irre Just started listening to this. 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover 💜 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have a library book, I‘m only up to p 85, and it‘s due in 2 days, with loads of holds. Think I‘m going to have to buy the book. Based on your review, and how good this book is from the start, I‘m just going for it!! 2w
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Chelsea.Poole
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Weekend, wine, and Stella Fortuna --> perfection! My husband is in the kitchen with my cousin cooking up some dinner, the boys are playing, and I'm with my book. Lovin' the way this evening is turning out! 🥰 📖 🍷
Ps-- I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! (About 2/3 the way through)

Tamra You a lucky gal! (edited) 2w
SilversReviews It is GOOD. ENJOY!! 2w
ravenlee Sounds pretty fantastic! 2w
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Chelsea.Poole @Tamra so true! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @SilversReviews oh my goodness, it's #unputdownable at this point! Racing to the end, but also trying to savor it. 2w
Chelsea.Poole @ravenlee it was a good night 😊 2w
SilversReviews @Chelsea.Poole It is a book to savor. 😊 2w
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cookreadsleep
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As a non-mother, I feel like I missed a lot of what this book had to say. I also don't love love stories, and I hated that the main focus of the longest section was about Stella's courtship. It really dragged in the middle. I picked up the book for the deaths and got a lot of lives. Overall, the story was well told, and other readers will likely appreciate the rawness of Stella's life. I admired many things about her.

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Chelsea.Poole
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I worked at a branch today, one that I never visit. It was different and slow but also kinda nice. Really loving Stella! I have the #audiobook from #hoopla which is nice to hear the Italian pronunciation of several names and places.

mreads I'm listening to this now too, haven't heard the term maloik since I was a kid. 😁 3w
TheBookStacker I just bought this book today, can‘t wait to start it! 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just recently borrowed this from the library!! Can‘t wait to get to it! 3w
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Chelsea.Poole @mreads is your family Italian? 3w
Chelsea.Poole @TheBookStacker it's thick but moves quickly, I think. 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you!! 3w
JennyM I really want to read this. Sounds so good 3w
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marleed
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I‘m considering a purchase of the current HealthTea Book Crate (includes this book) to send as a gift to a friend but hesitated to pay full price+ since I hadn‘t read it. ...But thank you public library, it‘s an interesting story - and will make a nice gift.

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Crazeedi
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was awesome! If you love all things Italian, read this book. The story tells of Stella's life in Calabria , and her life in Hartford. Very very painful story at times, considering how the father of these families was the law of the house. I wanted to deck her father so many times. Stella had such courage. Read this book

marleed I‘m beginning this in about 10 minutes! 3w
Crazeedi @marleed you will love it 3w
Rissreads I just saw this for the first time yesterday at the book store. I will check it out! 3w
Crazeedi @Rissreads I really enjoyed, lots of Italian words and traditions, I loved cause I love all things Italian (and I'm not even Italian!) 3w
Rissreads @Gloz This sounds like the perfect book for you! 💚 3w
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Maude
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I think this will be way up there on my favorite books list. I loved everything about it!!!

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tpixie
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I wonder if they used the same cover artist?? The font is similar also.
Different publishers though - Putnum & Ecco, Respectively.

Cathythoughts It is ! Beautiful covers 1mo
tpixie @Cathythoughts they are pretty!! 1mo
wanderinglynn They are both very similar & pretty. #thingsbooknerdswonder 1mo
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JaclynW I bet they are! Very pretty! 1mo
tpixie @JaclynW lol that's why I ended up buying The Immortalist! The cover! I think there's another cover out there that is similar, but I can't recall it. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Both gorgeous!! I‘ve read The Immortalists...loved it! Can‘t wait to read Stella! There‘s another book that‘s so gorgeous too..I have to find it...it‘s by an English author, it remains a me a bit of these 2 but I think it has grapes...ok, I just found it...Everything Under...gorgeous book, but def different then these...sorry, my mix up. (edited) 1mo
tpixie @JanuarieTimewalker13 Stella does look good!! This is a pretty cover! (edited) 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I know!! Can you imagine displaying all three?....complete works of art!! EU was shortlisted for the Man Booker (2018). Lots of times I find award finalists tedious, but I‘ll give it a go (one day), hopefully. 1mo
tpixie @JanuarieTimewalker13 I think that‘s one reason why REAL books I have had an increase in sales – they really improved the covers- now they really are artwork!! i‘ll need to try to read this book too because well, the cover is pretty!! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @tpixie you know, that‘s an excellent point! I never thought about that!! Covers nowadays are stunning! 1mo
tpixie @JanuarieTimewalker13 🥳😊📚😊🥳 1mo
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PatriciaU
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This book touched a nerve with me. I married into a family like Stella‘s, with a capo very like the men depicted here - autocratic, vulgar, and sly. As I read, I could feel my skin prickle and my heart pound as I raced through passages describing the utter hopelessness Stella felt in the face of the patriarchal familia in which she was caught. Needing to know how Stella‘s life turned out kept me going through the book, and I was not disappointed.

Djspens This sounds good! 1mo
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JessNevertheless
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Taking a break from life and visiting a bookstore. Didn't find the book I was looking for but something always finds me.

Tamra Always! 1mo
Crazeedi This book was excellent!!! 1w
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Great writing, compelling characters. I was drawn in immediately and had to read to the finish to find out Stella's complete story. How did the author get me to read such a dark tale when I kept getting mad at Stella? That is the magic.

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THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA tells the tale of the lives of the author's family and specifically Stella and Tina who were the best of friends as they grew up in Italy and as they aged in America until the final accident happened.

The writing in this book is beautiful, descriptive, and an outstanding debut.

Marvelous, magnificent, original, and impressive are some adjectives to describe this book.

https://tinyurl.com/y4ldfxcg

irre Just heard Liberty from Bookriot talk about this today on her podcast. Sounds really good. 1mo
SilversReviews @irre It was. I heard the author speak on a live talk. She may be at the BEA. 😍 1mo
irre I hope she is!! 1mo
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SilversReviews @irre That would be great. 1mo
pl.2886 Yay, cannot wait to read this! Great review. Seems like a sweeping novel, which I love. 1mo
SilversReviews @pl.2886 ENJOY!! It was great. Thanks about my review, and thanks for commenting. 1mo
irre Just realized this audio is on #Hoopla 🎉It will be my next audio read! 1mo
SilversReviews @irre ENJOY!! I bet it will be really good on audio. 😍 1mo
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kyraleseberg
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My review of THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA is featured on Roots & Reads.
It's a beautifully written family saga that remains true to the era and culture.
Thanks to Ecco & Edelweiss for a DRC to review!
https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/review-the-seven-or-eight-deaths-...

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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StellarDoc
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SarahHarts_books 😻😻 1mo
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Allietaylor16
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Morning reading!

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StellarDoc
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Just picked up some review copies from my dealer. #ReviewerLife #NewIn #RedCarpetCrash

Avanders Hi! I‘m hoping you can post a pic of the #SFFS package you received from Samantha — I‘m sure she would appreciate seeing your thoughts! 😘♥️ 2mo
Avanders 👊🏽😘 2mo
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kyraleseberg
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It was an exciting weekend: the Masters tournament ended today so the massive chaos of tourists is over in our little city, we finished planting seeds in the garden, and I'm enjoying the GoT premiere before reading more of the tagged book (it's fabulous!)

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kyraleseberg
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Starting this #ARC tonight! I'm hearing wonderful things about this debut novel.

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SilversReviews
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FULL REVIEW - MAY 7.

THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA tells the tale of the lives of author's family and specifically Stella and Tina who were the best of friends as they grew up in Italy and as they aged in America until the final accident happened.

An outstanding debut.

Marvelous, magnificent, original, and impressive are some adjectives to describe this book.

You will not want to put it down. 5/5

pl.2886 So glad you loved this one, can't wait to read it! 2mo
SilversReviews @pl.2886 Enjoy when you read it. Thanks for commenting. 2mo
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Liberty
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It‘s time for dinner and a new book! I LOVE this cover. ❤️ #readathon

readordierachel 😍😍 2mo
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DeweysReadathon
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It‘s almost Hour 11 - who‘s hungry? I‘m going to find dinner and start this novel. The cover is fan-foxing-tasting! 📚- @Liberty

kaysworld1 I'm bailing for the night I've been reading since 1 this afternoon it now midnight! 2mo
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Liberty
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It has been sunny here in Maine three days in a row! IT‘S SPRING. As you may have noticed, I‘m leaning into this whole spring thing pretty hard. Here are some recent and upcoming book covers that make me think spring! Have you read any of them? What are you excited to read? 🌸❤️📚

Tanisha_A 😍 2mo
JaclynW So pretty! They all look interesting. 2mo
398.2 I haven‘t but they have beautiful covers! 2mo
readordierachel I could stare at that cover for The Old Drift all day. 2mo
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MCYmermaid
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Enjoying on audio & gaining some knowledge about life for rural Italians & Italian immigrants to the US in the early 20th Century.

Crazeedi Hmmm I might like to read this... 2mo
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KarenUK
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Another day working at B&N, another day where books come home with me! An interesting looking #ARC (tagged) which has a recipe book with it.... and a Cauliflower cookbook I‘ve had my eye on (thank goodness for my employee discount!🤦‍♀️)

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m so hoping Stella Fortuna is a BOTM option for April! 3mo
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PutnamKatie
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I‘ve heard good things!