Divorced from the Mob

  • by Andrea Giovino, Gary Brozek
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From mob wife with blood on her hands to straight-arrow breadwinner for her four kids, a tale of transformation and empowerment from a woman whose life in organized crime makes Carmella Soprano look like June Cleaver. As a child in Brooklyn, New York, Andrea Giovino was pushed out of the house each morning to steal bread and milk from the local grocer, watched her brother become a hit man at age 17, and helped her mother host card games for the Brooklyn wise guys whom she was told would be her ticket to a better life. Divorced from the Mob breaks the mob code of silence and describes the life of a woman born and bred into the Mafia and her inspirational escape.
Sexy and street-smart, Giovino married a mob drug runner, earned a seat at '80s nightclub tables next to John Gotti, and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime that no mob movie or HBO series could match. Hers was also the task of keeping her children safe (keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her husband's clothes) and maintaining the household's front as a model of American domesticity in her quietly luxurious Staten Island neighborhood of doctors and lawyers, all the while helping manage a criminal enterprise that raked in the money. A murder, a DEA set-up, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino, her husband, and her brother to the brink of prison. Defiantly, Giovino chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously divorcing herself and her children from the Gambino world of organized crime.
Now a model working parent, Giovino has penned Divorced from the Mob as an inspirational tale for all women, a perspective of mob life largely unexplored by film and literature, and a headline-grabbing expose of organized crime told in a voice readers will never forget.

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A monument to the power of denial

The description of street life was fascinating, but the author spends the whole book preening about her street smarts on the one hand, and her perennial victimhood on the other. She pays lip service to recovery and taking responsibility, but never lets go of how she didn't know how this happened, and she just never imagined that that was going on under her nose, and explaining that if she hadn't made a wad of cash from some scheme or another, someone else would have done it -- all in all letting herself off very lightly as she draped herself with diamonds and fur given to her by those thugs she kept marrying. PLEASE. And then, to stay out of prison, she dumps them and all their friends out. It is pretty clear that had she not been faced with doing time, she would still be ensconced on Staten Island financing her drug operations and washing blood from her current man's clothes (in between shopping trips and pretending she had never had any other choices in life).

However, as so many of us do, I find books about the scum of society hard to put down, and this one is no exception. In large part, it's the performance of the narrator that held my attention. Her reading, with the Brooklyn accents, is terrific.
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- Victoria

Drugs wars as literature

Criminals are people too. Maybe not the best of people, but they are definitely humans?humans with big egos. This is her painful past, and she had to write about it to help her get in control of it; and stop being a criminal herself. This is not just a reading, it is a performance by the narrator (who I suspect is the author herself), it could easily be made into a one-woman stage show.

She didn?t consider herself a criminal, only her family, her boy friends, and her husbands?and all their friends?were criminals. She was just living off the monster profits, like any sensible girl friend or wife. But the law saw it differently: she was part of a criminal conspiracy to sell drugs in the New York area, lots of them. She got busted too, mainly so she would make her husband and brother talk, which she did. Before she did that though, and came clean, she made so many damn mistakes, over and over again, you want to hit her up the side of her head. She now lives somewhere in rural Pennsylania.

Actually, this book could be used for a course in sociology and/or criminology. They do teach crime in college, I know that?or at least crime prevention. You learn how to be a criminal like she did: being part of the scene. She didn?t have a college course to teach her how the law operated. She learned that the hard way too.

You can?t imagine what this life is like?unless you have a tour guide. She provides a special perspective, being a woman. Myself, I discovered women do have a special vulnerability: powerful men. I don?t know why this surprised me, it?s certainly common knowledge, but I didn?t know how serious this addiction could be. Lots of women get killed this way?and lots of men too.

But the best part is the drama; these guys and gals have plenty of that, if they survive. And they get hooked on that. Here again, this is very human.
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- Hal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.