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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.
February 2018 Debut of the MonthA raw, convincing, achingly intimate and individual tale about actions and consequences. 16 years after the death of his brother, Conway wants revenge. When Ray Boy is released from prison, Conway hunts him down in order to kill him, but pulling the trigger isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. There is a sharp edge to the writing, yet the chapters flow from one story to another, initially separate, then linking, writhing and twisting together. William Boyle has created intensely tangible characters, their voices, thoughts and feelings almost become physical, touchable, and are so very, very believable. I highly recommend Gravesend, it is fresh, original, and somehow feels both modern and ancient, as though this story has been lived again and again, and yet is being told for the first time. ~ Liz Robinson
Some worship him and some want him dead, but either way, tensions run high when Ray Boy Calabrese is released from prison. It's been sixteen years since Ray Boy's actions led to the death of a young man. The victim's brother, Conway D'Innocenzio, is a 29-year-old Brooklynite wasting away at a local Rite Aid, stuck in the past and drawn into a darker side of himself when he hears of Ray Boy's freedom. But even with the perfect plan in place, Conway can't bring himself to take the ultimate revenge on Ray Boy, which sends him into a spiral of self-loathing and soul-searching. Meanwhile, Alessandra, a failed actress, returns to her native Gravesend after the death of her cancer-stricken mother, torn between the desperate need to escape back to Los Angeles as quickly as possible and the ease with which she could sink back into neighborhood life. Alessandra and Conway are walking eerily similar paths-staring down the rest of their lives, caring for their aging fathers, lost in the youths they squandered-and each must decide what comes next. In the tradition of American noir authors like Dennis Lehane and James Ellroy, William Boyle's Gravesend brings the titular neighborhood to life in this story of revenge, desperation, and escape.
Ray Boy Calabrese wird aus dem Gefangnis entlassen. Wahrend seiner Schulzeit hat er einen Jungen wegen seines Schwulseins gequalt, ihn zusammen mit Freunden geschlagen, getreten, sodass Duncan nur die Flucht blieb und er uberfahren wurde. Vor Gericht nannten sie es Hate Crime, ein sexistisch motiviertes Verbrechen. Nun kommt Ray Boy Calabrese aus der Haft frei und will nur noch sterben. Duncans Bruder Conway hat Rache geschworen, lernt schieen und trifft nicht. Er ist neunundzwanzig, arbeitet in einem Rite Aid und wohnt bei seinem Vater Pope. Mit Ray Boys Heimkehr in sein altes Viertel reien die nur leicht ubertunchten Risse in der Familie auf, in der er aufgewachsen ist. Wahrend sein Neffe Eugene in ihm ein Idol sieht und bitter enttauscht ist, dass sein Held zu einem gebrochenen Mann geworden ist. William Boyles "e;Gravesend"e; geht der Frage nach, inwieweit wir zur Vergebung fahig sind. Anderen und uns selbst gegenuber. Denn uns selbst gegenuber sind wir unerbittlich, wenn es umm Traume und Hoffnungen geht.