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Small Mercies

A Novel

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"An intimate family portrait."
-The New York Times

"Eddie Joyce's terrific first novel is so American that the story might as well have taken place at the base of the Statue of Liberty."
-Richard Russo

"An inside look at one Staten Island family's struggle with grief . . . [A] poignant, deeply affecting tale."
-Martha Stewart Living, a Book Club selection

"[A] terrific debut novel. . . . Joyce layers . . . different characters' perspectives nimbly and skillfully, infusing his portrait of a messy, complicated, loving family with heartfelt emotion."
-Sara Vilkomerson, Entertainment Weekly, A-

A startling and tender portrait of one family's struggle to make peace with their son's death

An ingeniously layered narrative, told over the course of one week, Eddie Joyce's debut novel masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history. Ten years after the loss of Bobby-the Amendola family's youngest son-everyone is still struggling to recover from the firefighter's unexpected death. Bobby's mother, Gail; his widow, Tina; his older brothers Peter, the corporate lawyer, and Franky, the misfit; and his father, Michael, have all dealt with their grief in different ways. But as the family gathers together for Bobby Jr.'s birthday party, they must each find a way to accept a new man in Tina's life while reconciling their feelings for their lost loved one.

In unflinching but lyrical prose, Joyce shows us one mother's struggle to keep her family together and preserve the memory of her son. Following Gail as she moves from the corner offices of white-shoe Manhattan law firms to the blue-collar gin mills of the outer boroughs, Small Mercies reveals a different New York, one that exists in the hearts and minds of its inhabitants.

Presented through multiple points of view, Small Mercies explores the conflicts and deep attachments that exist within families. Heart-wrenching and profoundly relatable, Joyce's debut is a love letter to Staten Island and a deeply affecting portrait of an American family.

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"Joyce's first novel is a paean to his native borough, Staten Island, and the resilience of the Italian- and Irish-Americans who call it home . . . The book revitalizes the once widely discussed idea of the 'Sept. 11 novel,' making that communal horror a pivotal part of an intimate family portrait."
-The New York Times

"[A] terrific debut novel. . . . Joyce layers ... different characters' perspectives nimbly and skillfully, infusing his portrait of a messy, complicated, loving family with heartfelt emotion."
-Sara Vilkomerson, Entertainment Weekly, A-

"An inside look at one Staten Island family's struggle with grief . . . [A] poignant, deeply affecting tale."
-Martha Stewart Living, a Book Club selection

"The story is all Staten Island, but the themes are universal."
-Staten Island Advance

"An intergenerational story of family dynamics that's layered, complicated and intensely readable. . . . Staten Island features as more than a setting. It's the heart of the family. . . . Firefighting was a family business, and the idea that you can save others but you can't save yourself is a metaphor that informs the rest of the book. . . . This isn't a novel that paints people as saints and sinners; every character here comes complete with individual triumphs and failures. We see in detail the way coping mechanisms drive the Amendolas apart and bring them back together in a way that, far from being unique to them, is part of the fabric of every close family."
-BookPage

"Sense of place is as strong here as any character in Small Mercies - with Staten Island representing a neighborhood-and-tradition-oriented lifestyle seldom found anymore on the East Coast. . . . There is a marvelous thread of March Madness woven throughout the novel as each member of the Amendola family, during 'Bobby's favorite week' - the book's seven-day time line - gear up for the annual 'Cody's Pool' at Staten Island's fictional Cody's Tavern. Author Joyce, an attorney who like Bobby was once a Staten Island basketball phenomenon, uses the sport to inject just the right amount of humor cum passion here."
-The Buffalo News

"A sharp portrait of a family's history and its pain. . . . Joyce has a keen eye for the familial culture of Italian/Irish tribes on Staten Island and how it informs his characters' development. He has an insightful and descriptive touch. . . . An intimate, familiar, and appealing story of tribal longing for safety, fealty, and permanence."
-Washington Independent Review of Books

"Small Mercies is the story of a family and of a tragedy, but it is also a story about 'place' in the best tradition of American literature. . . . There are dazzling, revelatory lines throughout."
-The Portland Press Herald

"A realistic portrait of everyday Staten Island life-basketball pools, local bars and pizzerias, high school basketball games, and big Sunday dinners. . . . An empathetic and honest account of an imperfect, believable family. . . . Fully realized characters that we genuinely care about."
-The Berkshire Eagle

"An emotionally rich debut novel about family dynamics in the wake of tragedy. If Staten Island were Asbury Park, this former lawyer-turned-novelist could be its literary Springsteen. He was born and raised in the borough, which one of his characters calls 'the servants' quarters of the city,' and he has a deep affinity for the ethnic assimilations, class struggles, marital discontents and larger ambitions of those who share his roots. . . . Readers will get to know these characters and care about them to the very last page."
-Kirkus Reviews

"This assured debut novel is an insightful psychological tale of family and of love and loss. . . . Joyce gets the quotidian details of this family's life exactly right: the ever-present aromas of pasta and meatballs; the high-school athletic trophies still on display. He also pens a love letter to the forgotten borough of Staten Island, evoking its deep community ties with
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EDDIE JOYCE was born and raised on Staten Island. A graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown Law Center, he practiced law in Manhattan for ten years. When his twin daughters were born in 2009, he left the legal profession to stay home and help raise them while pursuing his dream of being a writer. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three daughters. Follow @eddiejjoyce on Twitter.

From the Hardcover edition.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 368
Erscheinungsdatum 09.02.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-310787-3
Verlag Penguin US
Maße (L/B/H) 20,9/13,9/2,5 cm
Gewicht 280 g
Buch (Taschenbuch, Englisch)
Fr. 19.90
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Told from the perspective of several different family members, this debut novel skillfully and tenderly weaves together the pains and joys of one Italian Irish family on Staten Island and their struggle to come to terms with their youngest son's death.
Bobby Amendola was a fire fighter who died in 9/11.
Now, ten years later, his young widow has met someone new, but how will the rest of the family clan react?
Brilliant dialogues and complex characters together with a keen observation for family interactions make for a very promising new voice in literature!
Told from the perspective of several different family members, this debut novel skillfully and tenderly weaves together the pains and joys of one Italian Irish family on Staten Island and their struggle to come to terms with their youngest son's death.
Bobby Amendola was a fire fighter who died in 9/11.
Now, ten years later, his young widow has met someone new, but how will the rest of the family clan react?
Brilliant dialogues and complex characters together with a keen observation for family interactions make for a very promising new voice in literature!

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