Finding Family: A Mystery Novella

Finding Family: A Mystery Novella

Blood Flows South, the Beginning

Fiction - Drama
114 Pages
Reviewed on 12/13/2013
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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

World War II had all but destroyed Sicily and Domenico's family needed to get out. His father promised the family that things would be better for them in America. It is that hope which set Domenico and his family on an irrevocable course in Finding Family: A Mystery Novella by Giacomo Giammatteo, the first in The Blood Flows South series. With his father drinking up most of the money that the four of them worked so hard to raise in order book their passage to New York, Domenico turns to a dishonest means of obtaining money. Once in New York, things are no better. His father is still a drunk, his mother falls ill, and Domenico is forced to take care of his younger brother Giuseppe "Zappe." In the racial strife of Hell's Kitchen where Irish, Italians, and Puerto Ricans are all trying to coexist, taking care of Zappe isn't an easy task. Domenico won't survive alone. Another Sicilian family might be his only option; an option from which he can never turn back.

Giacomo Giammatteo has written a vivid tale of life in the streets for a Sicilian immigrant in New York in the 1960s. Finding Family: A Mystery Novella is a page-turner with plenty of action, but plenty of deep feeling as well. Giacomo expertly captures the devotion to family and especially Domenico's devotion to Zappe, which his mother has passed on to him. Thrilling, heartbreaking and realistic, Finding Family: A Mystery Novella starts off the Blood Flows South series like a shot from a pistol.