Murder in Matera
A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern ItalyBook - 2017
"From the age of four, Helene Stapinski heard lurid yet inspiring tales about her great-great-grandmother Vita, a loose woman back in Southern Italy who fled to America in 1892 with her three children after committing murder. Gripped by her family's story, Helene embarked on a decade-long fact-finding mission, making numerous trips to Basilicata, the rural 'instep' of Italy's boot--once known for its superstitions, criminals, and desperate poverty. It's an undiscovered land filled with badlands-like hills, ancient caves, and fertile valleys with silver-tinged olive trees, whose isolation is matched only by its forlorn, incredible beauty. In a stunning turn of events, Helene comes to learn what really happened, sparking an upheaval of her own identity and sense of history. Deeply researched and reported, Murder in Mates is a remarkable true story about one family's hidden secrets. It is also a powerful and timeless story of immigration and motherhood--a profound testament to how far one woman would go in search of a better life in America, not only for herself, but for her children and the preservation of her family."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Sta
Characteristics: xv, 300 pages ; 23 cm