Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy by Helene Stapinski

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Read Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy Online Free - 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 boot--a 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 lucky--even miraculous--breaks and a 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 realization--she 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.

Helene Stapinski 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.

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.



Title : Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy
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Reviews


Linda rated it ★★★★☆

June 22, 2017

Smudges on your rearview mirror. You can't escape your past or the long line of individuals that came before you. Some of us have more smudges than others in the form of family crooks, thieves, vagabonds and the like. But Helene Stapinski beholds a somewhat shaky truth that there's an actual murde...


Lormac rated it ★★★☆☆

September 04, 2017

This book hit at a good time for me - I was tired of reading distressingly sad accounts of people dealing with war and civil conflict, and tired of reading stories about old folks dealing with failing health and death. So, Helen's story of how she tracked down the story of her great grandmother's...


Jennie rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 13, 2017

I wanted to like this book, which is why I gave it 2 stars and not 1, but getting to the end of it felt like walking through mud. I think that, for me, the problem was the author's style along with the way she developed the story as a memoir (and it was her personal experience), but then wove int...


Nina rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2017

Disclaimer: I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. From the opening paragraph, I was hooked. Stapinski combines her training as a journalist with years of hearing an incomplete family story about a murder to write her exploration of family roots. It’s difficult to pigeonhole this book into...


Karyl rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2017

Helene Stapinski grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, a descendant of Italian immigrants who had fled Italy in the late 1800s. She was told that her great-great-grandmother had been involved in a murder in Matera, and because some of her other relatives had been involved in criminal activity, Stap...


Dlmrose rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

3.5


Biblio rated it ★★★☆☆

October 15, 2017

This is a tough one to rate. What I liked about it, I really liked, but what I didn't like, I hated. I enjoyed the story of Stapinski tracing her family back to 19th century Italy and explaining the detective work, the research, the collaboration with various experts, that went into discovering t...


Jean rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2017

Excellent for the historical depiction of 19th century Italy. Also a good explanation for not only why did they immigrate to America, but also why did they emigrate from Italy. The author states that she uses her own feelings as a descendant of the main character to portray feelings and actions o...


Doreen rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2017

Reading this book, I felt like I was in Italy with the author as she searched for clues to her family's history. I have questions about my own family's history, so her story was especially intriguing. I love the descriptions of her trips to Italy; the first with her mother and two young children...


Michelle rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2017

Reading this story was very relevant to me, and is in part why I found this book so interesting and captivating. Hearing about Helene's true story to find information about her southern Italian ancestors gave me a fantastic and detailed insight as to what life was like for the rural poor living i...





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