Paradise Salvage

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Overlook Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Fiction - 384 pages
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In his tantalizing debut novel, John Fusco marvelously traces the unforgettable trajectory of twelve-year-old Nunzio Paradiso's last summer of innocence. To Kill a Mockingbirddepicted such a summer-the last unfettered, wondrous season of youth. Each new wreck towed into Paradise Salvage-where the ferocious crusher presides with its power to reduce luxury automobiles into heaps of twisted metal-is a desultory gift from Fortune. Sometimes it's a handful of loose change or an old copy of Vuemagazine with a Betty Page centerfold under the front seat, but on a hot summer day in 1979, in the trunk of an abandoned Pontiac, Nunzio uncovers a secret that will change his life. In the blink of an eye, all evidence is lost to the crusher, and only his older brother Danny Boy believes Nunzio's story. Enlisting the help of his father's renegade cousin, an ex-cop with a dark history of his own, he embarks on a bizarre and dangerous journey. A story of innocence lost and justice found, of ambition frustrated and dreams realized, and the difference between generations of a family struggling to reconcile the traditions of the past with the demands of the present, Paradise Salvageglows with heart and marks the debut of a gifted storyteller. "John Fusco has given us a book with a large and loving heart, a joyful and exhilarating journey that reaches out to touch the hardest of souls." (Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepersand Gangster) " Paradise Salvageis the best coming-of-age novel I've read since Catcher in the Rye. Nunzio Paradiso and his extended family of Italian junkyard dealers, inventors, gardeners, bakers, con men, and storytellers are truly wondrous." (Howard Frank)

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I wanted to be forever immersed and suspended in the world of the Paradiso family as drawn by John Fusco, watching over the fuck-ups they were making of their lives. In the infuriatingly macho all ... Read full review

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John Fusco is a software developer for GE Healthcare who specializes in Linux applications and device drivers. He has worked on Unix software for more than ten years and has been developing applications for Linux since kernel version 2.0. He has written articles for Embedded Systems Programming and Linux Journal .

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