[NEW ARRIVALS]Malavita: A Novel
AUTHOR : Tonino Benacquista
PUBLISHER : Penguin Books
PRICE($) : $15
GENRE : Fiction
Imagine the Sopranos transplanted to the French countryside .?.?.
This thrillingly comic, internationally bestselling Mafia farce is the inspiration for the major motion picture, “The Family,” starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and produced by Martin Scorsese.
The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy.
Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, while Maggie enjoys charity work, and their children are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycee.
Or so it seems.
In reality, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who’s been relocated from New Jersey to France because of the FBI’s witness protection program.
He’s got a $2 million bounty on his head, but he and his family can’t help attracting attention (imagine the Sopranos in Normandy), no matter how much they try.
And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it’s Mafia mayhem in the same fashion as Josh Bazell’s “Beat the Reaper,” or like “The Godfather” as if it was written by Carl Hiaasen.
Because while you can always take the man out of the Mafia, you can’t take the Mafia out of the man.