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Mob Daughter - Karen Gravano

I sat down to read Mob Daughter by Karen Gravano with anticipation. I mean, who hasn’t heard of VH1’s Mob Wives? Even if that was possible (in my world it is not ), you have literally been living under a rock if you’ve never heard of Karen’s father Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, right hand man to the Dapper Don, Mafia boss, John Gotti.

I’ve read every mafia book under the sun and this one followed suit- to a point.  I read Operation Family Secrets by Frank Calabrese Jr. and expected it to be similar since both were written by mob kids. I wasn’t disappointed. There are plenty of mob highlights explained from a growing girl’s perspective as well as tense conversations with ominous undertones; a veritable playground of mafia minutiae. Fun stuff.
Here’s where it gets crazy. In Mob Daughter, Karen Gravano veers from the standard mob descriptions of homicide, clandestine meetings and dangerous deals. Instead I found myself feeling the repercussions of that life along with her. No matter how ma…