"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
St Martin's Press
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• Lisa Pulitzer
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