Image of The Witch of Little Italy


Image of The Witch of Little Italy

Palmieri’s enthralling debut will make adult readers nostalgic for beloved books from their childhoods. Abundant with secrets, hidden passageways, magic and several enchanting mysteries, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. The magic and witchcraft elements are subtle, enhancing the overall effect of this clever, beautiful novel.

After learning she is pregnant, Eleanor “Elly” Amore returns to her mother’s family home in the Bronx. Eager to find love and support far from her abusive boyfriend and flippant mother, she wants to fit in and start anew with her great-aunts — all of whom seem to have a flair for witchcraft — and Anthony, her childhood sweetheart. She hears a mysterious crying in the hallway, reunites with a friend from her past and begins to recall intense childhood memories. Elly tries to solve a mystery that has haunted the Amore women for several decades, learning about herself in the process. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Mar., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sarah Eisenbraun