Linda Lo Scuro – The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter

Family ties can be strong. The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter shows how four generations of mafia women both protect and destroy. Maria, the protagonist, is a daughter of Sicilian immigrants to the British society. Where Maria herself seems to prefer settling in the UK and marries a local, her mother and grandma still pull. Illustrated in very Italian English, pull. Returning to The Village on Sicily is accompanied by three funerals and no wedding in sight. Women acting as perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, brutal murders, money laundering, alcohol and drug abuse, and adultery.

No matter how many rosaries you say, how faithful you are, there are always excuses to take revenge if that suits you well, Female sophistication and guns, poison, and network connections do the trick. The plot’s convincing and rich in local flavors.

I received a free review copy from the publisher, Sparkling Books, through Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.