Norumbega Park by Anthony Giardina
A Novel

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“Norumbega Park,”...contains a good deal of graceful writing...the charged eroticism between siblings, between husband and wife, between parents and children; the examination of faith and its loss — all are explored in rich, believable ways.
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Synopsis

Richie Palumbo, the most prosaic of men, gets lost one night in 1969 while driving home with his family. He finds himself in the town of Norumbega—hidden, remote, and gorgeous, at the far edges of Boston's western suburbs. He sees a venerable old house and, without quite knowing why, decides he must have it. The repercussions of Richie's wild dream to own a house in this town lead to a forty-year odyssey for his family. For his son, Jack, Norumbega becomes a sexual playground—until he meets one ungraspable girl and begins a lifelong pursuit of her. Joannie, Richie's daughter, finds that the challenges of living in Norumbega encourage her to pursue the contemplative life. For Stella, Richie's wife, life in Norumbega leads to surprising growth as both a sexual and a spiritual being.



Norumbega Park—by Anthony Giardina, the critically acclaimed author of White Guys—is about class and parental dreams, sex and spirituality, the way visions conflict with stubborn reality, and a family's ability to open up for others a world they can never fully grasp for themselves.

 

About Anthony Giardina

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Anthony Giardina is the author of four previous novels, most recently White Guys, and one collection of stories. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine, and his plays have been widely produced. He is a regular visiting professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. Giardina lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Gilmore on Feb 10 2012

“Norumbega Park,”...contains a good deal of graceful writing...the charged eroticism between siblings, between husband and wife, between parents and children; the examination of faith and its loss — all are explored in rich, believable ways.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jan 30 2012

There are countless emotional pitfalls authors can fall into, but Giardina has avoided every one, and the result is majestic — Norumbega Park is one of the bravest, most memorable American novels in years.

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