The Family by Mario Puzo
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“Dazzling, passionate, a masterwork that ranks with Puzo’s best.”
—Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguys

“One of his most satisfying works….A thoroughly entertaining posthumous present from one of the masters of popular fiction.”

Mario Puzo’s final masterwork. A sweeping epic saga of corruption, greed, treachery, and sin, The Family is the ultimate crowning achievement of the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist who gave the world The Godfather, arguably the greatest Mafia crime novel ever written.  In The Family, Puzo—whom the Washington Post calls, “A serious American talent”—plunges reader into the colorful tumult of the Italian Renaissance, immersing them in the roiling intrigues and deadly affairs of the remarkable family whose name has always been synonymous with power, corruption, poison, and murder: the infamous Borgias.


About Mario Puzo

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Mario Puzo, best known as the author of The Godfather, was born on October 15, 1920 in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and when he returned attended New York's School for Social Research and Columbia University. He wrote pulp stories and edited Male magazine before publishing his first novel, The Dark Arena (1955). His works were well-received critically, but failed to generate much revenue until he published his most notable work, The Godfather, which was ultimately made into a trilogy of award-winning movies. Puzo continued writing novels, and his final work, Omerta, was finished not long before his death. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in both 1972, and 1974. Puzo died on July 2, 1999 in Bay Shore, Long Island.
Published March 29, 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 432 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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That’s what it’s like in a world where men lie as a matter of course—and there is no other kind of world, Santino, at least not here on earth.” More obsessive fans also get a reveal about a member of the Don’s family, as well as a juicy unveiling of Luca Brasi’s back story pulled from The Godfather.

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The late (1920–99) Puzo's last novel, completed by his companion Gino, is historical fiction, about the 15th-century Borgia clan--a book on which Puzo had worked sporadically since 1983.

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The New York Times

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In his final novel, ''The Family'' -- Puzo died in 1999, and this book was completed by his companion, the novelist Carol Gino -- he has dipped back into 15th-century Italy to tell the tale of the Borgia family, led by Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI.

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Publishers Weekly

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Before his death in 1999, Puzo (The Last Don) had begun work on a novel featuring the 15th-century Borgias, whom he regarded as "the original crime family."

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Book Reporter

"Ed Falco has done yeoman’s work in THE FAMILY CORLEONE, meeting the American legend that is its subject matter head-on and creating a tale that demands to be read in one sitting."

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AV Club

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Paramount expressed concern that Falco’s book might “tarnish” its intellectual property, which is rich coming from the company that had no such concerns about the Godfather videogame, or the terrible book sequels by Mark Winegardner, or for that matter, The Godfather, Part III.

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Open Letters Monthly

there’s stern, cerebral crime boss Vito Corleone masquerading as a businessman, there are his staunch lieutenants Clemenza and Tessio, there are his children – hot-headed eldest son Sonny, adopted Irish son Tom Hagen, smart, reserved second son Michael, and the younger kids Fredo and Connie – and...

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The estate of “Godfather” author Mario Puzo, led by his son Anthony, stirred up new mob-tinged melodrama by choosing Falco, a novelist who teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech, to pen this new Mafia saga.

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NY Daily News

“The Family Corleone” by Ed Falco is a prequel to “The Godfather” authorized by Mario Puzo’s heirs.

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The Roanoke Times

Mario Puzo has been dead since 1999, his flow of Godfather-type books stanched.

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Chicago Sun Times

Most strikingly, in Puzo’s fictional universe, leaders of the Mafia, previously regarded as ignorant, homicidal thugs, were transformed into men of honor, men of respect, American businessmen who were sometimes obliged to do harm to others, although the best of them, such as Puzo’s Don Vito Corle...

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State Journal-Register

Since “The Godfather” raised the curtain on the mob of the forties and fifties, we have had a whole new crop of bad guys presented to us, like the wise guys in “Goodfellas” (based on “Wiseguy,” by Nicholas Pileggi) and of course the true sequel to “The Godfather,” “The Sopranos.” We are much more...

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