It happened by the grace of God that Joseph Santangelo won his wife in a card game. On a September night so hot that the good Catholics of New York wonder if their city has slipped into hell, the butcher Joseph Santangelo invites his friends to play pinochle. At the end of a long, sweaty, boozy evening, his friend Lino Falconetti, addled by wine and heat, bets the hand of his daughter, Catherineaand Santangelo wins. Santangeloas modern new wife clashes immediately with his superstitious, half-mad motheraand Catherine is horrified when the daughter they raise turns out to have more in common with the old world than the new. As the years slide past, the city changes around them, but Little Italyas household saints hold their world together.He bought a TV repair manual and followed the instructions, but the misshapen faces only flipped upside down and croaked like frogs. ... Like butchers, radio repairmen were a dying breed; but unlike Joseph, Lino had no cause to exult in his rarity. It shamed him to admit that he would have gone out of business completely if not for the clock radio, and he believed that he was living on borrowed time tillanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Open Road Media - 2013-09-24|