White Guys by Anthony Giardina
A Novel

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After graduating from high school, in the early 1970s, Billy Mogavero is the only one of a tight-knit group of five friends who didn't make it out of Winship, a hardscrabble town outside of Boston. Twenty years later, the other four--who have made their way, to varying degrees--decide to return to Winship to visit Billy, once their galvanizing alpha male and now a paint salesman who lives at home with his mentally handicapped brother. Their reunion sparks a rapid-fire chain of events as Billy finally makes the social leap his friends have spent their lives making--to suburban respectability and conformity.

Enthralled by the rapidity of Billy's climb--his marriage to an equally ambitious and tough Irishwoman, Maureen, included--his best friend, Timmy O'Kane, sees in Billy's protean character and masterful adoption of middle-class norms a vital and necessary critique of his cozy existence--paid for by his wealthy wife--in a privileged Boston suburb. But when Billy, Maureen, and their unborn child are victims of a drive-by shooting in which only Billy survives, Timmy is ensnared in a series of events that threaten to spin entirely out of his control. His complicity in the aftermath of the tragedy threatens the hardwon security of his leafy, suburban idyll--but is also strangely and seductively liberating.

Inspired by actual events, Giardina has created a masterful and explosive social novel about the price of the American dream.


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 May 15, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 389 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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(Billy had been fooling around with a married black woman—maybe the husband was seeking revenge?) Then Billy’s retarded brother shows up at Timmy’s place and, without explanation, leaves a gun;

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Tim and Billy pull each other into their respective worlds, with Billy getting taken up by bourgeois Boston—at least until Billy's new wife is murdered.

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Entertainment Weekly

Anthony Giardina's beautifully written White Guys brims with the angst of the American male, neutered by a wife, emasculated by suburbia, and worn down by work.

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London Review of Books

He visits universities and tries to persuade professors to buy the firm’s anthologies, the most popular of which he calls ‘White Guys’: ‘White Guys’ sells in the hundreds of thousands annually.

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