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Barbie Latza Nadeau

[The Godmother] is a good choice for Mafia completists and students of international crime.” –Kirkus reviews

“The Godmother is an original piece of work that takes mob-watchers outside of the usual cliches. It’s often a challenge for American readers to follow a narrative set in a foreign country, but I found myself wanting to hang out with Nadeau’s vicious and deluded sorceresses and listen to them lie to me just a little more about how they’re the victims in all this.” — Washington Independent Review of Books
Pupetta, who died last December at 86, may be the star but she is hardly the only engaging figure in this crisply written, dutifully researched book exploring the role of women in a sector of Italian society not noted for its embrace of a #MeToo ethos.
           —New York Times

Approaching her subject with a keen eye and a sense of dark humour, Nadeau writes a compelling and entertaining narrative.
            —Toronto Star

A must for true crime fans.
     —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

‘The Godmother’ takes the reader into the little-known role of the women that underpin Italy’s most ruthless mob families and are forced to reckon with the social and sexual codes governing the violent reality of mafioso rule.”
           —Sara Gay Forden
            author, House of Gucci

Nadeau describes well the culture of normalized misogyny in Italy, as well as how “the mafia and the malavita, ‘dishonest lifestyle,’ it produces are just another facet of the culture.”
             —Washington Post



Barbie Latza Nadeau is an American journalist and author who has lived in Rome, Italy, since 1996. She is currently a reporter for CNN and previously worked as the Rome bureau chief for Newsweek Magazine and for The Daily Beast.

Her next book "Every. Body. Counts" about human trafficking will be published in 2024.

Barbie's first book "Angel Face" about the murder of Meredith Kercher and the criminal trials of Amanda Knox was adapted for film in 2011.


Her 2016 book "Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs and Guns on the Mafia Coast" chronicles the tragic journeys of Nigerian women trafficked for sex in Italy.


Her third book, "The Godmother" will be published by Penguin Random House in 2022.

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