The End by Salvatore Scibona
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An incredible debut and National Book Award-nominated novel?it?s ?Memento meets Augie March. Didion meets Hitchcock? (Esquire).

It is August 15, 1953, the day of a boisterous and unwieldy street carnival in Elephant Park, an Italian immigrant enclave in northern Ohio. As the festivities reach a riotous pitch and billow into the streets, five members of the community labor under the weight of a terrible secret. As these floundering souls collide, one day of calamity and consequence sheds light on a half century of their struggles, their follies, and their pride. And slowly, it becomes clear that buried deep in the hearts of these five exquisitely drawn characters is the long-silenced truth about the crime that twisted each of their worlds.

Cast against the racial, spiritual, and moral tension that has given rise to modern America, this first novel exhumes the secrets lurking in the darkened crevices of the soul of our country. Inventive, explosive, and revelatory, The End introduces Salvatore Scibona as an important new voice in American fiction.
 

About Salvatore Scibona

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Salvatore Scibona’s fiction has been published in The Threepenny Review and the Pushcart Prize anthology. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is the writing coordinator at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by Riverhead Books. 308 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She plans to train a young neighbour, Lina, to succeed her, but Lina, obedient to her parents, marries Vincenzo ("Enzo"), a bricklayer from a rural village east of Naples, a man to whom her father has sold her in order to buy land for a grape farm.

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If Scibona fails in this – and he does, by a whisker – he can at least console himself that he is in good company: one of Woolf's flaws as a writer was that the internal registers of her characters often remained imperfectly differentiated, subjugated to the broader project of catching how the mi...

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The Italian immigrants in this exceptional debut collide and collapse in a polyphonic narrative that is part novel, part epic prose poem spanning the first half of the 20th century.

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The Telegraph

It has taken Salvatore Scibona’s debut novel, The End, two and a half years, a National Book Award nomination and its author’s place among The New Yorker’s 20 writers to watch under 40, to find a British publisher.

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The Bookbag

Salvatore Scibona is one of a new breed of American authors who in his first book has decided to take on the great American literary novel.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Frustratingly, Scibona's vaguely modernist style, with Faulkner's topsy-turvy sense of chronology and Joyce's singsong coinages dancing through it, tends to bury almost completely the most dramatic elements of the story and some of the most salient qualities of the characters.

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Deseret News

In a nutshell: Centering on the state of Ohio, Salvatore Scibona has written a debut novel of impressive proportions.

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Esquire

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Fiction Writers Review

The same muscles are involved in reading as in writing, so when you read, the part of your mind that imagines and uses language and feels hatred and compassion for other people, both real and made-up—all these parts are on fire, and the fire makes writing possible.

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Metro

Set amid Ohio’s Italian immigrant community in the first half of the 20th century, it wheels between the decades, following the lives of a carefully sketched cast of characters as their lives intersect.

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