Apr 2, 2014

The Witch of Little Italy

You know those authors who you see online and immediately you feel a connection with them, even before you read their books? Even if you haven't met them? 

That is how I feel about my most recent selection for Women's Fiction Wednesday, Suzanne Palmieri. I think it started when I saw the article of how she signed two two book deals within a week's time. She finalized both deals on the same day. 

That, and the fact I like stories with a bit of magic, especially when the magic is subtle and unassuming, and the cover and all of it, I knew I would be an early reader of The Witch of Little Italy.

Synopsis from Goodreads:  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.

This is told from alternating points of view and Palmieri does such an amazing job capturing the voice of both characters. I felt the pain and sense of uncertainty Eleanor feels with her circumstances, loved the way we got flashbacks, and the lyrical language. It was unassuming, and both the characters' voices came through with such clarity that the name of who was speaking at chapter changes was no longer necessary. The magic is subtle until it can't be anymore. It felt like watching Practical Magic. I loved it. 

Have you enjoyed any books with subtle magic? Made a connection with a writer before you read their writing? Had a book you were pretty certain you would love before you even started?


ilima said...

Oh that cover! Sounds like an awesome story.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I have found books I've known I would love before I started reading them.