August and Then Some by David Prete
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Twisted bonds between a father and his children lead to revenge and a desperate hope for redemption and forgiveness.

In the heat of August, Jake Terri Savage (“JT”), his little sister Danielle, and his bone-headed best friend, Nokey (nicknamed after “gnocchi”), try to steal JT’s father’s beloved 1965 Shelby Cobra. Their reasons are noble; the consequences,devastating.

JT’s abusive dad’s idea of a twelfth birthday gift is getting his son involved in a barroom brawl. Nokey’s dad thinks he has potatoes for brains. Both sons live out their fathers’ stunted visions in a way that brings down a terrible judgment on them all—leaving JT hauling rocks for punishment while he staves off panic attacks and nightmares about his sister and her terrible half-known secret.

A Dominican teenage girl with little hope for her own future gives JT a second chance to save someone, including himself. Throughout, David Prete’s vivid sense of atmosphere, tight plotting, and crackling dialogue give the dysfunctional family story a new lease on life.


About David Prete

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David Prete is the author of Say That to My Face. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Published April 23, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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JT Savage lives in a working-class New York City neighborhood and has a job lifting rocks.

Mar 05 2012 | Read Full Review of August and Then Some: A Novel

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When 17-year-old JT Savage finds out that his father has been sexually abusing his little sister, Danielle, he and his friend Eugene "Nokey" Cervella try to steal a beloved 1965 Shelby Cobra from the family garage, a doomed bid for revenge with grim consequences.

Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of August and Then Some: A Novel