Only Sons by Fred Misurella

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Fiction. ONLY SONS begins at an Italian-American wedding in the 1960s and reaches into the new millennium through the story of two families, the Salvaggis and Maresciallos, living near each other in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Sonny Salvaggi, child of a strong, unwed mother, moves from careful, prudent marriage to philandering in his forties, to being a Quixotic, aesthetic older man hopelessly in love with Margo, a woman less than half his age whose intelligence, strength, and beauty move him in surprising, poetic ways. Jack Maresciallo, Margo's lover and father to her son, Marcello, is a talented, but unlucky artist who, after a bad period of drink and drugs in Paris and New York, straightens out and works for Sonny as director of a health and fitness club. Finally, Marcello, after a difficult youth, grows up a scholar of Italian-Americana who seeks to record and understand the story of the two families—a story that includes the immigration of Carmine, founder of the Maresciallos, enmity between Sonny and Anthony (Carmine's son, Jack's father), and a snow storm and explosion that levels a mountain and a quarry, the source of the two families' success.

"Fred Misurella tells the complex, and sometimes secret truth about what it is to be alive in these complicated times.... Misurella writes in the clearest, precise prose, an has as his special strength the joining of shining intelligence with deep emotion."—Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong

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A writer, Fulbright Scholar, lover of newspapers, books, movies and most things French or Italian (especially novels and opera), Fred Misurella has published fiction and nonfiction in many journals, including The New York Times , The Village Voice , The Christian Science Monitor , The Partisan Review , Salmagundi , VIA , Altre Italie , and L'Atelier du Roman . He was educated at the University of Iowa, has lived in New York and Paris, and presently resides in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Kim, and son, Alex. He teaches creative writing, journalism, and Italian-American Literature at East Stroudsburg University and makes pilgrimages to Provence, Liguria, and Tuscany almost every summer with his family. His books include the novel ONLY SONS, the story collection LIES TO LIVE BY, and the novella SHORT TIME.
Published June 1, 2012 by Bordighera Press. 192 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At one point, Jack, speaking of meeting Marcello for the first time in a decade, feels that “his love for the boy was…wrapped up with shame,” and in many ways, this sentiment sums up all of the relationships in the book, as characters try to rise above or avoid their mistakes and find new ways of...

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