Yonkers, New York, finds its place on the literary map of America.Transcending all the limitations of "ethnic literature" and mobster stereotyping, David Prete flawlessly (and seemingly effortlessly) nails Italian-American life to the page and elevates it to a new place in American writing.
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David Prete is the author of Say That to My Face. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.From School Library Journal:
Adult/High School--Coming of age in Yonkers, NY, in a working-class neighborhood during the '70s is difficult for Joseph Frascone. His early childhood is spent shuffling back and forth from the households of his divorced parents and the family friends whose intact home gives the preschooler and his sister their only sense of a nuclear family. There is much trauma for the sensitive protagonist--the death of a classmate's mother, the scary headlines about a serial killer in his neighborhood, callous teachers, and his volatile family. Paradoxically, the warring extended family and caring if eccentric neighbors provide a kind of stability. Cast reluctantly in the role of man of the house even after his mother's remarriage, Joe refuses the role of student, already filled by his sister. He dreams of leaving home and playing professional ball. The baseball dream is brutally deflated when he witnesses a vicious fight between players in a neighborhood game, his carefully planned trip cross-country with like-minded friends gets them only as far as South Carolina, and his restlessness eventually brings him into the frightening underworld of drugs. Told in short, picaresque episodes of compelling and graphic dialogue and suspenseful drama, this fast-paced novel will especially appeal to reluctant readers, who will sympathize with the hero's troubled preadolescence, be touched by his poignant love affairs and the bonding among his buddies, smile at his pranks, and ultimately cringe at his reckless confusion.--Jackie Gropman, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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