March 28, 2013
Two and a half years ago, through a friend of a friend of a cyber-friend, I got to know a writer by the name of Suzy who wondered if I might be interested in exchanging manuscript critiques with her. At the time I was engaged in hand to hand combat with a monster of a book and was getting my butt kicked, so I said Yes! Please! Rescue me from this beast!
Alas, despite her expert assistance, the Devil Book mocks me from the depths of my hard drive, undefeated. I still came out the winner, though. I got to read Suzy’s book, be a small part of making it better, then watch while she got first an agent, then a publisher. And now, all these months later, the rest of you can see why I was completely blown away by her writing.
The Witch of Little Italy was released on Tuesday and has garnered great reviews, including a few I scattered around the internet. She asked me once how I would describe it and I said Practical Magic meets Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. All the feelings. All the magic. Amazing prose.
And yes, I am very biased.
In Suzanne Palmieri’s charming debut, The Witch of Little Italy, you will be bewitched by the Amore women. When young Eleanor Amore finds herself pregnant, she returns home to her estranged family in the Bronx, called by “The Sight” they share now growing strong within her. She has only been back once before when she was ten years old during a wonder-filled summer of sun-drenched beaches, laughter and cartwheels. But everyone remembers that summer except her.
Eleanor can’t remember anything from before she left the house on her last day there. With her past now coming back to her in flashes, she becomes obsessed with recapturing those memories. Aided by her childhood sweetheart, she learns the secrets still haunting her magical family, secrets buried so deep they no longer know how they began. And, in the process, unlocks a mystery over fifty years old—The Day the Amores Died—and reveals, once and for all, a truth that will either heal or shatter the Amore clan.
About the author, and where to buy the book: Suzanne Palmieri