August and Then Some: A Novel
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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