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City of margins : a novel

by Boyle, William, 1978-

Format: Print Book 2020
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A vivid new cast of characters collide in gritty 1990s Brooklyn, in this latest from acclaimed neo-noir author William Boyle.

In City of Margins , the lives of several lost souls intersect in Southern Brooklyn in the early 1990s. There's Donnie Parascandolo, a disgraced ex-cop with blood on his hands; Ava Bifulco, a widow whose daily work grind is her whole life; Nick, Ava's son, a grubby high school teacher who dreams of a shortcut to success; Mikey Baldini, a college dropout who's returned to the old neighborhood, purposeless and drifting; Donna Rotante, Donnie's ex-wife, still reeling from the suicide of their teenage son; Mikey's mother, Rosemarie, also a widow, who hopes Mikey won't fall into the trap of strong arm work; and Antonina Divino, a high school girl with designs on breaking free from Brooklyn. Uniting them are the dead: Mikey's old man, killed over a gambling debt, and Donnie and Donna's poor son, Gabe.

These characters cross paths in unexpected ways, guided by coincidence and the pull of blood. There are new things to be found in the rubble of their lives, too. The promise of something different beyond the barriers that have been set out for them. This is a story of revenge and retribution, of facing down the ghosts of the past, of untold desires, of yearning and forgiveness and synchronicity, of the great distance of lives lived in dangerous proximity to each other. City of Margins is a Technicolor noir melodrama pieced together in broken glass.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Boyle follows his road-trip caper novel, A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself (2019), with something very different: a dark but moving portrayal of working-class lives that evokes the ""kitchen-sink dramas"" of such mid-century British novelists as Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 1959). Set on the wrong side of Brooklyn in the early 1990s, the action centers on a group of struggling men and women, each dealing with some combination of family tragedy and failed dreams. Donnie Parascandolo, a disgraced cop turned strong-arm thug; Ava Bifulco, an overworked widow who accepts a rare act of kindness from Donnie and soon is involved with him; Donnie's ex-wife, Donna, still grieving the suicide of her son; Mikey Baldini, a twentysomething dropout who takes up with the much-older Donna; and several others, each groping toward some form of human connection but watching powerlessly as the violence in their interlocked pasts sets them on an inevitable course toward more violence in the future. Eschewing sentimentality yet still managing to find embers of tenderness in these stunted lives, Boyle blends powerful social realism with a strong noir sensibility.--Bill Ott Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in South Brooklyn in the early 1990s, this outstanding novel from Boyle (A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself) focuses on a group of people whose lives seem fated to collide with often tragic consequences. Donnie Parascandolo, a disgraced ex-cop, now works as an enforcer for a local mobster, Big Time Tommy Ficalora. Widow Rosemarie Baldini struggles to repay a gambling debt that her late husband owed to Ficalora. Rosemarie's son, Mikey, has dropped out of college and is back in the neighborhood, possibly destined for the kind of strong arm work that got his father murdered. A disturbing note leads Mikey to Donna Rotante, Donnie's ex-wife, who lives a quiet monastic life with her turntable and records following the suicide of her teenage son. Revenge and retribution follow. Battered by loss and unrealized dreams, Boyle's characters are vividly drawn and painfully real. Fans of literary crime novelists such as George Pelecanos and Richard Price will be highly rewarded. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Assoc. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects City and town life -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 309 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781643133188
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