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By Helene Stapinski | Comments: ( 141 ) | Date: ( Nov 17, 2019 )

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 tSince 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 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
  • Author: Helene Stapinski
  • ISBN: 9780062438454
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover

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

  • Linda

    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 murderer in hers."You could run, but the past would catch you soon enough and kick you in the ass when you weren't looking. That wasn't a saying in America, but maybe it should be."Stapinski, like so many of [...]


  • Book Riot Community

    Stapinski grew up in a family of thieves in Chicago – but they weren’t the only relatives who may have broken the law. Growing up, she heard that her Italian grandmother had murdered someone before moving to America. Stapinski’s interest in her grandmother’s story only deepened as an adult, and over the years and several trips to Italy, she uncovered long-buried secrets that she then turned into this wonderful historical whodunit/family memoir. Makes you wonder about your own grandmother [...]


  • Lormac

    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 life and the reason she emigrated to America was just the ticket.What I liked most was learning about the part of Italy where Helen's great grandmother, Vita, lived which was fascinating. Based on her r [...]


  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    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 the mystery of the murder in Matera. I liked her descriptions of Italy and the people she got to know, her adventures with and without her small children, the meals she ate, the sights she saw, the histor [...]


  • Michelle

    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 in the Basilicata region of Italy in the 19th century. Vita, much like my great-great-grandmother and great-grandmother Concetta, lived in absolute poverty until they were able to make it to America and s [...]


  • Nina

    Disclaimer: I received this book as a 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 any specific genre. It is heavily memoir, with elements of travelogue, investigative reporting, criminal thriller, and creative imagining thrown in. She comes from a long line of storytellers, and, concerned ov [...]


  • Jennie

    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 into it what I can only conclude now was conjecture about the details of her family's past. Even though she ultimately does find documentation of births, deaths and other official records, there were no jou [...]


  • Jean

    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 of that character (Historical fiction?). I'm not a big fan, it makes the story more "read-able" but I wouldn't want someone a hundred years from now to say how I acted or felt because they transposed how [...]


  • Karyl

    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, Stapinksi had always worried that her children or other descendants would end up on the wrong side of the law as well, passed down through the genes. Stapinski decided to finally find out the truth. She trav [...]


  • Olya

    It kept meandering between fact and fiction until it lost me.


  • Dlmrose

    3.5


  • Doreen

    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 and the second, alone, ten years later. The beautiful landscapes and architectures are described beautifully. I felt like I was on the journey with her.Listening to family folklore, she fears there may b [...]


  • Carmen

    There is something about ancestor-search memoirs that gets to me every time, and this one is no different. Helene Stapinski goes in search of the truth to the family story about her great-great-great grandmother, Vita, a supposed murderess (if only I had the knowledge or resources to hunt down the truth of my family's stories! But I digress). The writing style is a little chatty at times, but the story of the murder and Vita and her family, her emigration to America, and the conditions she left [...]


  • Jamie Canaves

    A true crime/memoir that takes you to Italy in the 1800s and modern day as Stapinski tries to unravel a family mystery. Stapinski had grown up hearing a story about her great-great-grandmother Vita that ended with her committing murder and immigrating to the U.S. Stapinski had always worried that somehow this one person in her family had passed down something that created criminals throughout the generations, but she really didn’t know enough about Vita because the story had been told word-of- [...]


  • Sara

    There is so much to love about this book. It is true page-turner, a twisty-turny tale of a woman's search for the truth about her great-great grandmother--a murderer, according to family legend. It’s also a lovingly told family saga, with the no-bullshit humor I've come to expect from all of Helene's books.


  • Nissa

    I adore Italy (I come from an Italian family) and very much enjoyed reading this book which combines history/mystery with the author's own personal experiences. A well written and very interesting read. If you like Italian history, this book is for you. I won a copy of this book from the publisher.


  • Ivy Pittman

    This was not the type of story that I expected to become so attached. But from the first page I could not put it down. It was as if I was traveling with Helene on a quest to help solve an intricate puzzle. If I did not know this was a true story it could very well be a top rate suspense.


  • Siria

    Helene Stapinski's strong narrative voice drew me into this book, but ultimately Murder in Matera's failure to decide what kind of book it wanted to be meant that it lost me long before the end. Is this a work of history? A piece of historical fiction based on a true story? A meditation on immigration and familial identity? A travelogue? Stapinski makes feints in all these directions and more, as she explores the life of her great-great-grandmother, Vita Gallitelli, whose immigration to the US i [...]


  • BJ

    I read this for the 2018 PopSugar Reading challenge #2, True Crime. I thought I would enjoy it as it was set in Italy and sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it sounded a lot more interesting than it actually was. It just kind of dragged and I couldn't really understand why the author was so obsessed with finding out what happened that she went to Italy several times to research it. It just kind of missed the mark for me.


  • Alyssa

    The book seemed to drag on for the first 150 pages, and nothing very significant happened until the very end of the book and by then I'd completely lost interest. I would not recommend this book to a friend, however, maybe I would let my grandma borrow it. Despite most of the book dragging on, when the details of the murder emerged the book picked up slightly but was shortlived. This book was not for me, but if you are interested in Italian history or even the language, perhaps you will find it [...]


  • Emily Purcell

    An interesting story that combines true crime and genealogy (sort of a specialty of this author). Lots of interesting twists and turns and Stapinski's speculative narrative chapter's are believable and well-written.


  • Liz

    "She hadn't written about others' adventures, but had lived her own, which gave way to ours. She and all those millions of immigrants--your family included--who had come to make their lives and the lives of their children better." Stapinski's incredible detective work, against all odds, uncovers the real story of her great-great-great-grandmother, Vita Galitelli, rumored to have come to the U.S. after a murder.


  • Karis Rogerson

    I found that the book was somewhat slow to get into it, but it has some awesome redeeming qualities. Stapinski does a great job of painting a picture of Southern Italy, both today and in the late 1800s, and really brings you into the life she imagines for Vita and her children. I felt like I was there; more, I longed to be there, to see those sights. And once the story got started, the murder was found, things picked up. Both from the narrator's perspective and from the historical perspective.Al [...]


  • Paula Paige

    Such a great journey. Even if you're not from southern Italy, this book is enjoyable and relatable. It tells the story of one woman's adventure back to her ancestors' homeland to string together the stories she has heard about their pasts and see if there is any truth to them. With a vivid imagination and some beautiful storytelling, Helene Stapinski, brings us along for the ride. I loved reading about how people lived in Southern Italy in the mid-late 1800's and all they struggled to achieve fo [...]


  • Donna

    Loved this story of Italy, it's people, customs and trying times with a built in murder for good measure. Thought it was well written and quite entertaining.


  • David

    A great view into the difficulties of life in Southern Italy.


  • Kristy Holland

    Maybe 3.5, maybe. Interesting story, but a bit melodramatic, and soooo much conjecture, imagination about the past.


  • Liz

    **listened to audiobook**Murder in Matera had so many things going on at once; it's a modern day memoir, historical family saga, has great bits of history about Italy, and bittersweet musings on what it means to be a family. If any of that sounds good to you, you will enjoy this. Trigger warningAlthough I loved this, it dealt with some dark themes: extreme poverty, death of children (including stillbirth), and, obviously, murder


  • Lida James

    I just finished Helene Stapinski’s Murder in Metera and am writing this review immediately, after wiping away my tears. What a great book. And yes, it’s a great story, but it’s so much more than that. This is my favorite kind of non-fiction, in which the central tale unfolds in tandem with the history that surrounded it, with creative imaginings – all beautifully written – weaved in. Helene Stapinski struck that perfect balance. While I discovered the truth of the tragic life of her gr [...]


  • Martha Fiorentini

    Well researched and very informative memoir about finding ones roots


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