From Karen Gravano, a star of the hit VH1 reality show Mob Wives, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia childhood, where love and family come hand-in-hand with murder and betrayal.
Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With nineteen confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss—and John Gotti's right-hand man—is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State's evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family.
But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table. He made a living running a construction firm and several nightclubs. He stayed out late, and sometimes he didn't come home at all. He hosted "secret" meetings at their house, and had countless whispered conversations with "business associates." By the age of twelve, Karen knew he was a gangster. And as she grew up, while her peers worried about clothes and schoolwork, she was coming face-to-face with crime and murder. Gravano was nineteen years old when her father turned his back on the mob and cooperated with the Feds. The fabric of her family was ripped apart, and they were instantly rejected by the communities they grew up in.
This is the story of a daughter's struggle to reconcile the image of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and how, in healing the rift between the two, she was able to forge a new life.
Written by Gravano, the daughter of former mob underboss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and former New York Times correspondent Pulitzer, the book admits, rather than denies, what published stories have already revealed about her convicted father, who confessed to 19 murders. At age 12, Gravano learned the truth of her father's profession, the secret meetings, the mob rituals, the bodyguards, and guns in her home in Brooklyn. Life has its perks for a Mafia princess, the respect of her peers, the outings at her father's New Jersey horse farm, and summers in Cream Ridge, N.J. She remembers fondly the fallen godfather Paul "Big Paulie" Castellano, and John "the Dapper Don" Gotti, who replaced him after his slaying in midtown Manhattan. Family loyalties clash with mob traditions when she speaks bluntly about her father ratting out Gotti in exchange for a 20-year sentence. The story of her later years, complete with prison visits with her father, her criminal exploits, and newfound celebrity on a reality show, Mob Wives, is told with candor and swagger, befitting a daughter of Mafia royalty.
Book was a great read.
Fact or Fictional?
All I have to say is, really? Can I have my money back? Save it, please Ms.Gravano. Through a child's eyes or adult ones, Your father was a steroid using, greedy, insatiable killer. Did anyone see, Witness to the Mob or read Underboss? Try Gotti's bio, C'mon people!!! Atonement? Not with this fabricated nonsense or that mockery of a show, Mob Wives!!! Anybody that wants to see entertainment and maybe some truth, put Victoria Gotti on that show. Try being a mother instead of trying to redeem something that you never will and making excuses as to why your daughter is always being raised by someone other than yourself. Your credibility is shot to the same place your father will go.
I think this book is great, so great I read it in 2 days with my busy life...I love the show n when Karen said on the show she was doing a book I couldn't wait to read it.. Got the book, read it, it's great cant wait for more..if u can't have an open mind n judge someone, then don't read n stay close minded