Malafemmena

Malafemmena

by Louisa Ermelino

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Overview

Louisa Ermelino's stories follow women living dangerously at home and abroad, whether in Italian-American neighborhoods or in the countries—India, Turkey, Afghanistan—where they seek escape. At home, they break ancient Italian taboos and fall victim to mobsters. Overseas, they smoke opium-laced hashish and sleep with strange men. Ermelino's voice is boisterous and endearingly blunt.

“There is lyricism in the language of Ms. Ermelino’s splendid collection that lulls us, line after seductive line, from the mundane to the menacing. Malafemmena is the work of a bold and original writer.”
—Gay Talese

"Written with generosity, curiosity, and a great deal of sharp wit.... Will speak to anyone who's found themselves gloriously stranded in a foreign land...or bemused by the strange rituals of their own tribe."
—Hanya Yanagihara

“What Louisa Ermelino knows about the heart could fill a book and has. The unadorned authenticity of her prose is so powerful, it gave me whiplash. I read Malafemmena in one sitting and wanted more, more, more. The writer's a genius, or an alchemist, or maybe both.”
—Patricia Volk, author of Stuffed and Shocked

“Louisa Ermelino is a gorgeous writer and master storyteller. Imagine a cross between Maugham and The Sopranos. She captures the madness, comedy, violence, and superstition of domestic life in NYC’s Little Italy, but also takes us all over the world—Jakarta, India, Turkey—where her characters stumble in and out of heartbreak and trouble. This book is irresistible. I loved it.”
—Delia Ephron


Louisa Ermelino is the author of three previous novels: Joey Dee Gets Wise (Kensington, 2004), The Black Madonna (Simon & Schuster, reprint, 2013), and The Sisters Mallone (Simon & Schuster, reprint, 2013). She is Vice President and Reviews Director at Publishers Weekly in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941411292
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Louisa Ermelino is the author of three novels: Joey Dee Gets Wise, The Black Madonna, and The Sisters Mallone. She is currently the Reviews Director at Publishers Weekly in New York City.

Table of Contents

Where It Belongs
Sister-in-Law
Mother Love
Marguerite
Six and Five
James Dean and Me
Malafemmina
Louise Ciarelli
The Ménage
The Baby
Death Becomes Her
A Smuggling Case
The Cellphone You Have Called
Fish Heads
The Child in the Sun
Sudder Street

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