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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna


445 pages


From Heidi Carter, Bogan Books owner/bookseller


I thoroughly loved the advanced reader copy of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna and I couldn’t wait for my customers to have the opportunity to read it as well. As the story unfolded, my soul enjoyed marinating in the warm Italian air of the olive grove and running barefoot though the ancient roads where Stella grew to be a young woman. This setting frames the roots of an Italian family who eventually immigrated to the United States. The miraculous repeated survival of Stella Fortuna keeps the readers engaged and consistently on her side. The brilliance of Grames’ writing was the opportunity to understand Stella through the interaction of the multitude of characters that weave throughout her life’s tapestry. 


“Entrancing.... Grames’ debut will find broad appeal as both an illuminating historical saga and a vivid portrait of a strong woman struggling to break free from the confines of her gender.” - BookPage

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna