Fante by Dan Fante
A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving (P.S.)

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"Dan Fante is an authentic literary outlaw." —New York Times

From Dan Fante, son of novelist John Fante, comes an exploration of his family’s legacy—one of boozing, passion, writing, and survival. Long before his father achieved literary recognition for Ask the Dust or The Road to Los Angeles, and before Dan had conceived his novels 86’d, Chump Change, and Mooch, their difficult relationship as father and son evolved in a household where love and literary artistry were often overshadowed by emotional violence. Fante is the story of Dan’s struggle to find his own voice amidst the madness of his family’s dark inheritance, a memoir of his escape from his own vices and his eventual return to Los Angeles to embrace the man—and the calling—that once had driven him away.

 

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Dan Fante is the son of novelist John Fante. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. At nineteen he hitchhiked across the country, eventually ending up in New York City where he was a cab driver for seven years and held a hundred other jobs in order to survive. Fante battled with alcoholism for many years and was arrested many times for his numerous stupidities. After getting sober, and in hope of remaining permanently indignant, Fante took up writing novels in his mid-forties. Today Dan Fante is sober and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ayrin and his son Michelangelo Giovanni Fante. Fante is the author of the novels 86'd, Chump Change, Mooch, Spitting Off Tall Buildings, the short story collection Short Dog; two books of poetry, and the plays The Boiler Room and Don Giovanni. He continues to write every day.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 401 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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When the author became old enough to leave home, he began his adult life as a carny, surrounding himself with “dopers and drinkers, a dwarf, and a couple part-time hooker.” His downward spiral continued, and after further failings as a cab driver, vacuum-cleaner salesmen, street peddler, special ...

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The New York Times

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John Fante — Dan Fante’s father — started out as an ambitious and promising young novelist.

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The Guardian

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Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante Stephen Cooper Rebel Inc, £16.99, 400pp Buy it at BOL Ask the Dust John Fante Rebel Inc, £6.99, 198pp Buy it at BOL Wait Until Spring, Bandini John Fante Rebel Inc, £6.99, 288pp Buy it at BOL If it's hard to get a novel published in the first...

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Publishers Weekly

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Son of novelist and screenwriter John Fante, and grandson to an Italian immigrant from Abruzzo, Dan Fante (Spitting off Tall Buildings) fashions a frank, hard-hitting memoir about the curse that they all shared: heavy drinking.

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BC Books

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Fante: A Memoir is the autobiography of Dan Fante, John’s son.

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Entertainment Weekly

In between, he wrote swift, blunt lines of fiction .

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Los Angeles Times

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(From the Fante Family, Harper…) Fante A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving Harper Perennial: 416 pp., $14.99 paper When 45-year-old Dan Fante first sat down at his father's typewriter, the result was typical.

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Pajiba

Los Angeles come to me the way I came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town.” I realize I’ve included a lot of quotes from the novel — there’s almost more of Fante’s writing then my own in this review — but I felt it w...

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Austin Chronicle

He did not, however, include John Fante -- an inexplicable exclusion, given Wilson's curiosity and tastes, and a typical instance of bad luck for Fante, whose best novel, Ask the Dust, was published in 1939.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

More "We all — in the end — die in medias res.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

September 3rd, 2011 reset - + “I HAVE LEAD AN INTENSE LIFE,” Dan Fante writes in his author’s note.

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The life of writer John Fante reads like a Greek tragedy, and biographer Stephen Cooper captures it vividly in all of its guts, glory, and pathos.

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