In a fun but wise way, this novel examines the advantages and pitfalls of fame, wealth, celebrity, female independence, the myth of safety, and the surreal nature of heritage pushing through upbringing Johnny Major, a Sicilian born magnate and creator of a network of restaurant club casinos across Europe and North America, dies and his will goes missing Johnny s death then forces his beloved daughter Elissa a small animal veterinarian in East Anglia to confront various ex wives, her own fierce mother, twin half siblings, duplicitous lawyers, and a village full of Sicilians, including her father s ghost and old women paid to scream at funerals Her journey explores the sometimes funny, sometimes deadly serious qualities of life

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