Suzanne Palmieri in #litchatIn Suzanne Palmieri’s charming debut, The Witch of Little Italy, young Eleanor Amore is called by “The Sight” to return home to her estranged family in the Bronx. Single, pregnant, and hurting, Eleanor feels drawn to the Amore women who recognize more than just a child growing within her. She has only been back once before when she was ten years old during a wonder-filled summer of sun-drenched beaches, laughter and cartwheels. But everyone remembers that summer except her. Eleanor can’t remember anything from before she left the house on her last day there. With her past now coming back to her in flashes, she becomes obsessed with recapturing those memories. The Witch of Little ItalyAided by her childhood sweetheart, she learns the secrets still haunting her magical family, secrets buried so deep they no longer know how they began. And, in the process, unlocks a mystery more than fifty years old—The Day the Amores Died—and reveals, once and for all, a truth that will either heal or shatter the Amore clan.

Suzanne Palmieri (AKA Suzanne Hayes) is an author, a teacher, and the mother of three. Her debut novel The Witch of Little Italy (Saint Martin’s/Griffin) is in stores now. It has sold internationally (publication dates in Italy and Brazil TBA.) Her co-authored novel, I’ll Be Seeing You (written as Suzanne Hayes with Loretta Nyhan) will be published by Mira books on May 28, 2013, and has also sold internationally. She lives by the ocean in Connecticut with her husband and three darling witches. Suzanne is represented by Anne Bohner of Pen and Ink Literary.

Follow Suzanne Palmieri on Twitter: @thelostwitch.