Author(s): John Fante
Henry Molise, a 50 year old, successful writer, returns to the family home to help with the latest drama; his aging parents want to divorce. Henry's tyrannical, brick laying father, Nick, though weak and alcoholic, can still strike fear into the hearts of his sons. His mother, though ill and devout to her Catholicism, still has the power to comfort and confuse her children. This is typical of Fante's novels, it's autobiographical, and brimming with love, death, violence and religion. Writing with great passion Fante powerfully hits home the damage family can wreck upon us all.
John Fante was bom in 1909, and moved to Los Angeles in his early twenties. Following the publication of several short stories, his first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, was published in 1938. Before he died aged 74 he published numerous works of fiction and film screenplays, most notably the classic, Ask the Dust. He was posthumously recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Pen, Los Angeles.