Murder in Matera

Murder in Matera

A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy

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A writer goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Since childhood, Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene's youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight. Finding answers would take Helene ten years and numerous trips to Basilicata, the rural "instep" of Italy's boota mountainous land rife with criminals, superstitions, old-world customs, and desperate poverty. Though false leads sent her down blind alleys, Helene's dogged search, aided by a few luckyeven miraculousbreaks anda group of colorful local characters, led her to the truth. Yes, the family tales she'd heard were true: There had been a murder in Helene's family, a killing that roiled 1870s Italy. But the identities of the killer and victim weren't who she thought they were. In revisiting events that happened more than a century before, Helene came to another stunning realizationshe wasn't who she thought she was, either. Weaving Helene's own story of discovery with the tragic tale of Vita's life, Murder in Matera is a literary whodunit and a moving tale of self-discovery that brings into focus a long ago tragedy in a little-known region remarkable for its stunning sunny beauty and dark buried secrets.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062438454
006243845X
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Vena-S
Characteristics: 300 pages

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OPL_MelanieS Jan 17, 2018

Stapinski travels to a small village in Italy to try to unravel a murder mystery in her family history. She not only solves the mystery once and for all, but also unveils more family secrets along the way. Great for fans of genealogy research or the shows "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Finding Your Roots."

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Nov 14, 2017

The author takes the reader to Italy and into the past of her ancestors. Murder in Matera is a page-turner with many surprises.

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