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Publisher's Summary

The Instant New York Times Best Seller

A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club pick

A captivating debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia, and a coming-of-age story of 20th-century Brooklyn itself.

Two daughters. Two families. One inescapable fate.

Sofia Colicchio is a free spirit, loud and untamed. Antonia Russo is thoughtful, ever observing the world around her. Best friends since birth, they live in the shadow of their fathers’ unspoken community: the Family. Sunday dinners gather them each week to feast, discuss business, and renew the intoxicating bond borne of blood and love. 

But the disappearance of Antonia’s father drives a whisper-thin wedge between the girls as they grow into women, wives, mothers, and leaders. Their hearts expand in tandem with Red Hook and Brooklyn around them, as they push against the boundaries of society’s expectations and fight to preserve their complex but life-sustaining friendship. One fateful night, their loyalty to each other and the Family will be tested. Only one of them can pull the trigger before it’s too late. 

©2021 Naomi Krupitsky (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed up all night to read a book. From the first page of The Family, I knew I was in the hands of a gifted writer who seemed to have lived and breathed her tale. Through complex, tangled relationships and tense, gripping action, Naomi Krupitsky has created a riveting story powerful in its realism.” (Diane Chamberlain, New York Times best-selling author of Big Lies in a Small Town

“Compelling and electrically charged.... The Family explores the darkness that lurks just below the surface of compulsory Sunday dinners, forced family vacations, and the crushing obligations of silence and obedience.” (Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters)

“The Family is a sweeping and consuming story spanning the intertwined lives of Sofia and Antonia from childhood best friends to adult women searching for their places in society, in their own families, and, of course, in The Family. With astutely observational prose and an insight into the importance of belonging and the meaning of family, Krupitsky weaves a tale that explores what people do when confronted with impossible choices, complicated relationships, and the true and messy love of a best friend.” (Susie Orman Schnall, author of We Came Here to Shine)

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The Family

The Family written by Naomi Krupitsky is a debut novel about 2 women raised in the mob world.
This book is deep, gripping, and kept me on the edge of my seat! The audible allowed me to envision every scene as it played out in this heart stopping novel. The first part of the book is a slow burn till it gradually builds to the exciting conclusion. I was so wrapped up in the characters. I greatly look forward to reading more of Naomi's work.

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Another Hyped up Book Club Pick that didn’t deliver

****Possible Spoiler*****
I went into this book excited to read it based on the story being around early century mafia family in NY, and two girls like sisters growing up in the family. That part of the book did deliver. It indeed told the story of two girls in the “family” because of their fathers’ ties to the mob. What it was like growing up in the family, what they felt and experienced, and how that bonded them together. When one of their parents dies the author does a good job of helping express the anger of the widow and child left behind. How that death impacted their friendship, their future spouses. The author does tie it all together.
But there’s no meat to the story, for the most part the plot was as boring as bored housewives in the story.
Don’t even get me started on the ending! Talk about a book that just leaves all ends loose, good grief it was as if the author got tired of writing the book one day and just said ok I’m done.
I don’t understand why this was picked by Jenna, and how other books are overlooked in a sea of authors with amazing stories, characters, and plots. I don’t get it. And I also understand you can’t please everyone, and maybe I just didn’t like it. But the trend I see are these books are picked by certain book clubs and they blow up, and some of them mediocre at best like this book while other books are just completely overlooked!!
Didn’t care for it at all, very underwhelmed, and took a credit!

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I gave this story a 4.5 instead of a 5 just because it started out a little slow and I wasn’t sure I’d finish it. But I’m so glad I did ! It’s a great story and it’s a timeline of two best friends from childhood to adulthood told from each part of view.

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Enthralling!

I loved it. it was hard to stop listening. I liked that it gave us the prospective of women in Moffat families.

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Boring

I was really looking forward to listening to this book, unfortunately I was very disappointed. The story just dragged on on, not a whole lot going on, pretty boring.. it could've had big potential considering it is based on mobsters.
Also, this is the second book I've listened to with Marin Ireland narrating, she is terrible, I will not be listening to anymore books she narrates, awful acting.

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Good set up, great ending but too much analysis

Good set up, great ending but too much exposition and analysis. Very well written and researched.

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Amazing

The word use creates amazing visualizations. the narration did a great job at character development.

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Very Steady Plot

Nothing too exciting. No highs and lows. A very steady listen. Didn’t mind it but kept hoping for something more.

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Never really went anywhere

Just a dull slow story of mafia life. No real build up or intense action. I waited on a thrilling event or drama. Nothing. Didn’t do it for me.

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Pageturner! Wonderfully narrated!

Fabulous character development and storyline. Narration only made this story better! Will look forward to more from this author.