[[ Free eBook ]] The Boys From Eighth and Carpenter Author Tom Mendicino – Vansonphu.com

The Boys From Eighth and Carpenter Bored at around 28% complete DNF Just a story of mostly typical uninteresting characters Nothing sparked feelings in one way or another about either brother Loved the other book by this author Probation. Rating 3.5 stars rounded up.Brotherly love stories are a weakness of mine, and Tom Mendicino did a fairly good job painting the stories of Frankie and Michael s journey through life The prologue starts in medias res The rest of the story is split into three parts, with the first two parts spelling out the life of these brothers from boyhood to adulthood, with the third part continuing where the story left off in the beginning.What I didn t enjoy about The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter was ho Rating 3.5 stars rounded up.Brotherly love stories are a weakness of mine, and Tom Mendicino did a fairly good job painting the stories of Frankie and Michael s journey through life The prologue starts in medias res The rest of the story is split into three parts, with the first two parts spelling out the life of these brothers from boyhood to adulthood, with the third part continuing where the story left off in the beginning.What I didn t enjoy about The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter was how long it seemed to drag in part 2 While I understand the brothers had lives to live apart from one another, it felt like much of these moments could have been shortened or left out to create a tighter story I started to actually skim many of Michael s scenes as it seemed to get very political at some point, which is not something that holds my interest very well However, Frankie s life seemedemotionally charged than his brotherly counterpart and I found myself hurting for the cards dealt to him.On atechnical note, I bought my ebook from Kobo and there were very annoying formatting issues The biggest issue being that there was no distinction made when the POV switches between the brothers, or of time jumps One paragraph could be from Frankie s POV, and the next paragraph could be Michael s POV three weeks later There was no double spacing between paragraphs to show this type of jumping around, and it made for some back pedaling to realign myself.But issues aside, part three did a good job in reeling things back together There aren t many stories out there that showcases the ties of family forged by the type of love these brothers share It definitely checked off all the right boxes for what makes a great brotherly love story That on top of the author s great writing made for a very enjoyable read Bond between brothers which surmounts personal desires, morals, dreams, hopes, loved ones against a back drop of multi faceted stereotypical America with it s set ideas about race, class, politics I liked the bare bones of the story but I did not jell with the writing I got a feeling of disparity between certain characters who are depicted in detail like Frankie and Michael against others who were just stereotypes, not people, Mariano, Fr Parisi, Kit being cases in point Maybe this and the fe Bond between brothers which surmounts personal desires, morals, dreams, hopes, loved ones against a back drop of multi faceted stereotypical America with it s set ideas about race, class, politics I liked the bare bones of the story but I did not jell with the writing I got a feeling of disparity between certain characters who are depicted in detail like Frankie and Michael against others who were just stereotypes, not people, Mariano, Fr Parisi, Kit being cases in point Maybe this and the feeling of repetition I got whilst reading, created a certain distance between me and the book and I ended up a little bored Slightly disappointed as I loved Mendicino s work in Probation and the KC, at Bat trilogy.Rhiannon Stevie Nicks Fleetwood MacRead with Irina I d rate this 2.5 stars.Full disclosure I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review Many thanks to Kensington for making it available.Tom Mendicino s The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter ratchets up the tension pretty soon after it starts One night, after helping his older brother Frankie out of a bit of a bind, Michael Gagliano makes a shocking discovery that has the potential to drastically change the course of both of their lives.Sounds prett I d rate this 2.5 stars.Full disclosure I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review Many thanks to Kensington for making it available.Tom Mendicino s The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter ratchets up the tension pretty soon after it starts One night, after helping his older brother Frankie out of a bit of a bind, Michael Gagliano makes a shocking discovery that has the potential to drastically change the course of both of their lives.Sounds pretty interesting, right And obviously, if you re reading the book, you know what the discovery is, although you don t know the context of how it got there However, Mendicino shifts the course of the book after that, going back in time to when Luigi Gagliano first came to America from Italy with his mother, to meet the father he barely knew He follows in his father s footsteps and runs a barber shop, waiting until the day his wife would bear him a son, and she does two, in fact.Frankie and Michael are both fairly young when their mother dies, but even at age eight, Frankie understands the solemnity of the promise he makes his dying mother to look after Michael for the rest of their lives He protects Michael from their father s violent outbursts and from the not always motherly behavior of the succession of women Luigi marries after their late mother As Michael grows up, he realizes that his brother Frankie is different, and needs his protection as much as Michael needed Frankie s when they were younger.Frankie takes over their father s shop, transforming it to meet the changing South Philly neighborhood where it is located Michael becomes a successful prosecutor with an eye on a political career Despite Michael s worries about the way Frankie lives his life, and his disapproval of some of his choices, the brothers remain close, and both continue to protect each other, despite what that could mean to each of them.I really wanted to like this bookthan I did It s a good story, and although I didn t feel as if the characters rose much above ethnic and sexual stereotypes in a number of ways, they were still interesting and complex in their own ways I just wish that Mendicino hadn t delivered such a setup at the beginning of the story and then taken far too long to return to that part of the plot, because while laying out the family history was helpful to understanding the characters, after a while it was the same events and behavioral patterns over and over again.Having read Mendicino s first novel, Probation , I know he s a talented writer While this book didn t grip me, his storytelling ability is still evident, and there is a poignancy and a richness to the story that appeals.See all of my reviews at Very well written book I don t know why Mendicino isn twell known People would love his work I will be on the lookout forof his books in the future. Do authors still write classic contemporary fiction Tom Mendicino does His setting, Philadelphia, is realistically portrayed, as is the relationship between two Italian American brothers, one gay, the other straight, and how their family ties become strained when no spoiler, a very bad thing happens.With careful shifts between eras, their lives together, and their abusive father, provide a slow building tension that s set off in the first chapter Compelling yet not overwrought, this novel Do authors still write classic contemporary fiction Tom Mendicino does His setting, Philadelphia, is realistically portrayed, as is the relationship between two Italian American brothers, one gay, the other straight, and how their family ties become strained when no spoiler, a very bad thing happens.With careful shifts between eras, their lives together, and their abusive father, provide a slow building tension that s set off in the first chapter Compelling yet not overwrought, this novel has a touch of a thriller while keeping an even keel to the pacing.Also, unlike his sardonic story of a man s failure in Probation, the author conveys a sense of compassion as the two brothers deal with their problems together Thanks to Goodreads and the author for a free copy of this book The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter is a beautiful and beautifully written look at the bond between two brothers, explored through their childhood and their adult lives I m a sucker for books about the impact of family throughout a person s life And I m also a sucker for books where the main character grows up in a neighbourhood like Little Italy So, I knew, even before I started reading this book, that I would love it The Thanks to Goodreads and the author for a free copy of this book The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter is a beautiful and beautifully written look at the bond between two brothers, explored through their childhood and their adult lives I m a sucker for books about the impact of family throughout a person s life And I m also a sucker for books where the main character grows up in a neighbourhood like Little Italy So, I knew, even before I started reading this book, that I would love it The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter did not disappoint.I will say that I would have loved this bookhad it been two books And I know that seems a little weird, but hear me out There are two storylines involved One of them is about, as you ve probably guessed, two brothers in Little Italy, family, sexuality, growing up The other is a gripping story involving the same brothers and a body in the freezer.Both of these are well done it s just the switching back and forth between them that was hard to get used to.If there had been an entire book with the body in the freezer plot, I wouldn t have been able to put it down A whole book with the childhood plot I would have adored even.Overall, though, a wonderful read Terrific novel by my friend, Tom Mendicino It s gripping, insightful, moving, suspenseful, tragic and funny Dead on depiction of the wide and yet small world of Philly from the old neighborhood in South Philly to the rarified world of the federal court judge Love the characters whose names and attributes seem so familiar hmm As an outsider c mon, Tom, we know you grew up in Pittsburgh , Tom has the ability to replicate the Philly accent that Terrific novel by my friend, Tom Mendicino It s gripping, insightful, moving, suspenseful, tragic and funny Dead on depiction of the wide and yet small world of Philly the burbs from the 1960s to current day from the old neighborhood in South Philly to the rarified world of the federal court judge Love the characters whose names and attributes seem so familiar hmm As an outsider c mon, Tom, we know you grew up in Pittsburgh , Tom has the ability to replicate the Philly accent that we natives deny we have e.g the South Philly people shouting out to Hill Ree during the 2008 presidential campaign The 2008 Phillies World Series parade scene made me laugh and cry in recognition So happy to see his talents on display in a novel His legal briefs from our days in BigLaw were damn good, too, but who wants to readof those Kudos, Tom Can t wait to readfrom him Tom Mendicino really has me dialed in This is one of those American experience family stories that I just love It starts out with a very ominous prologue but quickly meanders into a coming of age journey where you meet brothers Frankie and Michael growing up with a Italian immigrant father, a true Italian godfather, and a long string of stepmothers The author is quite the master of settings and subplots It features the city of Philadelphia and the suburbs which really become emblematic of th Tom Mendicino really has me dialed in This is one of those American experience family stories that I just love It starts out with a very ominous prologue but quickly meanders into a coming of age journey where you meet brothers Frankie and Michael growing up with a Italian immigrant father, a true Italian godfather, and a long string of stepmothers The author is quite the master of settings and subplots It features the city of Philadelphia and the suburbs which really become emblematic of the old and the new and how the old becomes new again, the cycle of life A good chunk of the story takes place in 2008 during that endless primary season when Hillary and Obama were duking it out for the Democratic presidential nomination This may sound a bit boring, but it makes me sorry that I don t live in a battleground state And for those of you are keeping score, this book does feature a little bit of baseball Back to our brothers Frankie and Michael Frankie is gay, and that plays prominently in the story line, however it s not about him being gay Michael is the star athlete and scholar, and as an adult, becomes a crime fighter as a deputy district attorney While each of their story s are interesting, it s their story together that makes the book At times, the book borders on being a black comedy and there are some very funny parts But humor is only one component that builds the bond that brothers share As you are moving along, watching Frankie s and Michael s lives play out, you almost forget about what happens in the prologue Never fear, it comes back and things get tense and when you see a grown ass man calling his brother Boo because he is stressed out, you know you have something special S Gagliano Son has been a barber shop fixture in South Philly for decades Frankie and Michael Gagliano s Italian immigrant father Luigi to his customers, Papa to his sons presides over the store, enlisting his children as soon as they re big enough to wield a broom On their mother s deathbed, eight year old Frankie swears that he and his little brother will always take care of each other, a vow he endeavors to keep through their father s violent outbursts and the string of wives who try to take their mother s placeAfter their father s death, Frankie takes over the shop, transforming it to fit in with the gentrifying neighborhood Michael becomes a successful prosecutor with a rising political career, still close to his big brother despite the differences between them Then comes an unthinkable, impulsive act that will force Michael to choose between risking his comfortable life and keeping a sacred oath made before he knew how powerful a promise can beThe Boys from Eighth and Carpenter is a stunning evocation of working class Italian American life a story of brotherhood, loyalty, and the contradictory, unpredictable nature of family love


About the Author: Tom Mendicino

Tom Mendicino is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina School of Law His forthcoming novel, The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter Kensington, September 2015 , is about a pair of motherless boys, the sons of an abusive immigrant from Italy, and the choices each makes to protect the other.His debut novel Probation Kensington was named a 2011 American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist He is also the author of the new adult novellas KC, at Bat, Travelin Man, and Lonesome Town, a trilogy following the relationship between a promising baseball player and a would be musician.


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