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The Family

(2021)
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The Instant New York Times bestseller
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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 Antonia’s 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 society’s 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 it’s too late.


Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Reading this book is like listening in on an intimate conversation between friends, a glimpse of a world that feels deeply lived in and generously rendered. Naomi Krupitsky will make you laugh, cry, and long for a really good plate spaghetti. The Family feels like home." - Emily Beyda

"A powerful story of friendship and loyalty. With luminous prose, Krupitsky deftly crafts a stunning coming-of-age tale of two girls growing up in the Italian mafia....The Family is captivating; once I started reading this exquisite novel, I could not put it down." - Jennifer S Brown

"It's been a long time since I've stayed up all night to read a book.... Krupitsky has created a riveting story powerful in its realism." - Diane Chamberlain

"Krupitsky has constructed a work of exquisite tension.... A tremendous debut." - Fiona Davis

"Compelling and electrically charged...The Family explores the darkness that lurks just below the surface of compulsory Sunday dinners, forced family vacations, and the crushing obligations of silence and obedience." - Lynda Cohen Loigman

"Krupitsky's fierce debut affirms the potential strength of female friendships against the backdrop of intergenerational trauma....The Family is elucidating and propulsive, a nimbly-written exploration of human connection." - TaraShea Nesbit

"A nuanced evocation of lifelong female friendship in all its shifting, messy, gorgeous complexity." - Whitney Scharer

"Sweeping and consuming...with astutely observational prose and an insight into the importance of belonging and the meaning of family." - Susie Orman Schnall

"Lyrical, gripping, and richly evocative, The Family captures in exquisite emotional detail the fierce and complex friendship between two girls, as they mature within the constricting web of a Brooklyn midcentury crime family." - Christina Schwarz


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