For as long she can recall, Laura has lived a life of poverty and affliction. The death of her mother has left her and her older sister, Patty, to care for their baby sister, Sabrina. Matthew Duke Marcs, their illiterate, recovering alcoholic, father is finally stepping up to care for his family.
On December 14, 1973, he arrives home, spouting commands to pack up for a hasty move. He promises a new life with money and riches. As the family gathers a few belongings, an armed man suddenly thrusts through their cabin door and begins to shoot.
Born in 1972, into a traditional Sicilian home, Adriana was raised by her loving parents and older siblings. She is the youngest of five children. The family’s Sicilian roots run deep and they all treasure their heritage and traditions. Yet, they live in the suburbs of Detroit, returning only to their home country for vacations. They are proud to be Italian-Americans.
Laura played with the zipper of her shabby winter coat, pondering what on Earth had gotten into her father. It was so unlike him to show affection— even more unlike him to be in a good mood.
A blast of gunfire suddenly exploded, shaking the house. The earsplitting bang startled her and she screamed.
“What the heck was that?” she cried, as she quickly grasped her baby sister, Sabrina, who stood at her flank.
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