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Thus begins the story of Jennifer Mascia’s bizarre but strangely magical childhood. An only child, she revels in her parents’ intense love for her—and rides the highs and lows of their equally passionate arguments. And then there are the oddities that Jenny notices only as she gets older.
When she, at 22, uncovers her father’s criminal record, more questions are raised. By then he is dying of cancer, so she presses her mother for answers, eliciting the first in a series of reluctant admissions about her father’s criminal past. Four years later, Jenny is made privy to one final confession that sets her on a search for the truth her mother fought to conceal for so many years. As Jenny unravels her family’s dark secrets, she must confront the grisly legacy she has inherited and the hard truth that her parents are not—and have never been—who they claimed to be. In the face of unimaginable tragedy, Jenny will ultimately find an acceptance and understanding just as meaningful and powerful as her parents’ love.
In a memoir both raw and unwavering, Jennifer Mascia tells the amazing story of a life lived—unwittingly—with criminals. Full of great love and enormous loss, Never Tell Our Business to Strangers will captivate and enthrall, both with its unrelenting revelations and its honest, witty heart.
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By Gentle Reader on 07-24-10
Awful, awful book
If you would like reading the diary of a full of herself, whiny, complaining, self-centered 14 year old, this is right up your alley. The narration is perfect for the book because it sounds like it was read by the self-described star of a suburban New Jersey community theatre group. I couldn't bring myself to care about anyone in the story. Awful. Just awful.
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By Vicki on 07-08-10
I wish I could rate it a zero
In summary, it's boring navel gazing. This is the kind of book that you read and think "I hope I don't bore my friends with stories about my family." This book could have easily been slashed by a third...but it would still have been boring.
Her father was a murderer, her parents dealt and used drugs, scammed the welfare system, abused the bankruptcy court and never met an obligation they couldn't ignore. They were scum. Period. She was not able to ever explain WHY these people couldn't live and behave like responsible adults and therefore it's impossible to have any empathy for either of them.
I hope the book was cathartic for the author. If they had been my parents, frankly, I would have NEVER told their story. Maybe she was able to eventually love them but neither parent had any redeeming qualities for the rest of us.
Throughout the book I would catch myself saying "Oh, grow up!"
If you want to read a good book about the inside operation of a crime family, read The Accountant's Story by Roberto Escobar. It's a much better read.
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