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Meanwhile she was just fifteen when she fell in love with a mobster and for four years she was considered a mob wife.
Now she's sharing her story and a new book a novel including how she was able to escape.
Alive and joining us is the author of Brooklyn story Suzanne -- good to see you Suzanne good to see is -- -- -- -- only fifteen you hook up with Tony.
Yes right you you know he was in the mob no I did not I was too young for that.
-- and so did you ever have any clues or was it not until he got arrested that you knew you might be in trouble well I remember.
At young ages seventeen years old my mother slamming down the daily news and saying this is who you're going out with.
So really I was two years into the relationship and not knowing what was going on and so when your face with something like that it's very scared to get out of it especially when you're dating someone.
From organized crime.
Rhetoric in the beginning though you didn't know it was organized crime you just let me and he's cute he looks like John Travolta.
He's gorgeous he's buying me everything I grew up from very poor background you know my dad left when I was born it was just my mother my grandmother.
And you're getting fur coats diamonds beautiful -- in your thinking that this -- -- you wonderfully.
You know and then it's not all roses on -- top of it when you ask him where's the money come from right what he'd do he'd say say the typical answer -- -- -- construction or you know when my case that I was a librarian which was a complete joke.
But it's very interesting how that all works out -- you bought it so well the thing is you.
You saying that unless he was going to be arrest and lets you be if he wasn't arrested -- would've.
Been this relationship for a lot I think you know I have a tremendous amount of faith and I'm very happy that he was arrested I remember the whole trial and then he went to jail.
And I don't know where I would have wound up and thank god he went to -- I just wanted out of it -- I want technically married him right we never got married now so light and I -- statement that you are assumed to be a mob wife explained well I don't know why they're saying I'm -- mom -- -- -- mom girlfriend there you -- the and that's the difference are.
So what you've done is you've taken your experiences I've been so close to the -- and -- and put them thinly disguised them and and and use different situations things are happening in your real life in this now.
Exactly it's based on my life growing up in Bensonhurst Brooklyn in the late seventies early eighties and you know what I'd like to bring out all the time is the fact of abuse.
You know with the yemenis chew up a lot believe beat me up again we smacked me around I wanna say he really beat me up a lot but he -- me around a lot and you know the verbal abuse emotional abuse it takes its toll on you.
And I believe no woman should be in that relationship no woman she -- the abuse by -- -- -- no one ironically your friends with one of the mob wives from the TV yes I am Renee.
That she listened to lessons you learned you know what I don't know why you know I wish her luck with the show it's just when I watch it every now and then it's just not the path and want to go down to be honest with you I just wanted to get over that bridge not that Brooklyn is -- -- place I love Brooklyn I love where I come from.
It was just the people in Brooklyn stifling me at the time and I just wanted to get out and I'm so happy with my life I can't tell you well read all about it being the novel called Brooklyn story -- -- -- we thank you very much thank you so much -- Thank you coming up on.
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