August and Then Some: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 23, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Twisted bonds between a father and his children lead to revenge and a desperate hope for redemption and forgiveness.

In the heat of August, Jake Terri Savage (“JT”), his little sister Danielle, and his bone-headed best friend, Nokey (nicknamed after “gnocchi”), try to steal JT’s father’s beloved 1965 Shelby Cobra. Their reasons are noble; the consequences,devastating.

JT’s abusive dad’s idea of a twelfth birthday gift is getting his son involved in a barroom brawl. Nokey’s dad thinks he has potatoes for brains. Both sons live out their fathers’ stunted visions in a way that brings down a terrible judgment on them all—leaving JT hauling rocks for punishment while he staves off panic attacks and nightmares about his sister and her terrible half-known secret.

A Dominican teenage girl with little hope for her own future gives JT a second chance to save someone, including himself. Throughout, David Prete’s vivid sense of atmosphere, tight plotting, and crackling dialogue give the dysfunctional family story a new lease on life.

 

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

This got off to a great start with the narrator, Jake, a labourer on a New York building site, describing his surroundings as he wheels a big lump of rock home to use as a table. One blast of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - hashford - LibraryThing

This novel is narrated by Jake Savage, who, when we meet him, is working as a labourer in New York and living alone in a cheap apartment. Clearly something bad has happened to him in his recent past ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
24
Section 5
32
Section 6
41
Section 7
49
Section 8
61
Section 20
176
Section 21
187
Section 22
191
Section 23
195
Section 24
197
Section 25
201
Section 26
206
Section 27
208

Section 9
81
Section 10
95
Section 11
104
Section 12
115
Section 13
121
Section 14
131
Section 15
146
Section 16
153
Section 17
155
Section 18
161
Section 19
170
Section 28
215
Section 29
218
Section 30
224
Section 31
228
Section 32
231
Section 33
234
Section 34
237
Section 35
245
Section 36
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About the author (2012)

David Prete is the author of Say That to My Face. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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