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Naomi Krupitsky's novel explores a different kind of 'Family'

Naomi Krupitsky is the author of "The Family"
Sam Galison
Penguin Random House
Naomi Krupitsky is the author of "The Family"

Naomi Krupitsky’s novel The Family follows two friends—Sofia and Antonia— living in Brooklyn from childhood to adulthood. And while their friendship and family dynamics are certainly pivotal to the book, “the family” actually refers to a different sort of family—the mafia that their fathers work for.

The mafia has captured the imaginations of numerous writers over the years, but the lesser known role that women played within it piqued Krupitsky’s interest.

I recently spoke with Naomi Krupitsky about her research on the mafia and her writing process. Here’s our conversation.


The Family by Naomi Krupitsky was published by Putnam.

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