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A friend is a gift you give yourself : a novel

by Boyle, William, 1978-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 12 Libraries 12 of 14 copies
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Goodfellas meets Thelma and Louise when an unlikely trio of women in New York find themselves banding together to escape the clutches of violent figures from their pasts.

After Brooklyn mob widow Rena Ruggiero hits her eighty-year-old neighbor Enzio in the head with an ashtray when he makes an unwanted move on her, she embarks on a bizarre adventure. Taking off in Enzio's '62 Impala, she retreats to the Bronx home of her estranged daughter, Adrienne, and her granddaughter, Lucia, only to be turned away by Adrienne at the door. Their neighbor, Lacey "Wolfie" Wolfstein, a one-time Golden Age porn star and retired Florida Suncoast grifter, takes Rena in and befriends her.

When Lucia discovers that Adrienne is planning to hit the road with her ex-boyfriend Richie, she figures Rena's her only way out of a life on the run with a mother she can't stand. But Richie has massacred a few members of the Brancaccio crime family for a big payday, and he drags even more trouble into the mix in the form of an unhinged enforcer named Crea. The stage is set for an explosion that will propel Rena, Wolfie, and Lucia down a strange path, each woman running from something and unsure what comes next.

A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself is a screwball noir about finding friendship and family where you least expect it, in which William Boyle again draws readers into the familiar--and sometimes frightening--world in the shadows at the edges of New York's neighborhoods.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Boyle's follow-up to the well-received The Lonely Witness (2018) is being promoted as Goodfellas meets Thelma and Louise, and this is one bit of marketing hype that pretty much works. The novel incorporates the snappy timing of both those films, and the Elmore Leonard-like cinematic prose begs for a film adaptation. In a classic screwball-noir opening, Brooklyn Mob widow Rena Ruggiero leaves her neighbor for dead after he makes an unwanted pass, and she beans him with an ashtray, fleeing in the neighbor's most prized possession, a 1962 Chevy Impala. The wackiness continues after Rena arrives at the Bronx home of her daughter, Adrienne, only to be turned away. But here comes Adrienne's neighbor Lacey Wolfie Wolfstein, retired porn star and grifter, to the rescue, taking in Rena and her granddaughter, Lucia, who is on the outs from Adrienne. Then Adrienne is gunned down right in front of the three women, and Rena swaps the Impala for another classic car, an Eldorado belonging to Adrienne's boyfriend, Richie, who left a half-million dollars swiped from the Mob in the trunk. We knew this had to end in a road trip, and, sure enough, Rena, Wolfie, and Lucia, after piling into the Caddy, head for the fast lane, as the trio bonds out of fear and respect for each other's determination. Better floor it, Wolfie! Mob henchman Hammer Dude is on your tail. Recommend this triumph of moral ambiguity to fans of black humor, including that of Carl Hiaasen and Dennis Lehane, in addition to Leonard.--Jane Murphy Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Early in this addictive hardboiled crime novel from Boyle (Gravesend), Rena Ruggiero, the widow of murdered Brooklyn mobster "Gentle Vic" Ruggiero, hits her octogenarian neighbor, Enzio, over the head with a heavy ashtray after he makes an unwanted pass at her. Thinking him dead, she takes off in Enzio's prized '62 Impala. With no real plan, she flees to the Bronx, the home of her estranged daughter, Adrienne, and her 15-year-old granddaughter, Lucia. When Adrienne slams the door in Rena's face, Adrienne's neighbor, con artist and retired porn star Lacey Wolfstein, invites her into her home. Meanwhile, Adrienne's ex-boyfriend, Richie Schiavano, has just killed members of a major mob family, stolen a briefcase full of cash, and plans to grab Adrienne and Lucia and run. A violent confrontation between the hapless Richie and a brutal mob enforcer ensues, and Rena, Lacey, and Lucia end up in possession of the money fleeing for their lives. Boyle skillfully mixes a classic Westlake/Leonard-style caper with the powerful tale of three women facing the ghosts of their pasts. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Assoc. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Female friendship -- Fiction.
Older women -- Fiction.
Automobile theft -- Fiction.
Grandparent and child -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Organized crime -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Road fiction.
Noir fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 302 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781643130583
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