Household Saints: A Novel

Household Saints: A Novel

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by Francine Prose
     
 

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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

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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, Catherine—and Santangelo wins.
Santangelo’s modern new wife clashes immediately with his superstitious, half-mad mother—and 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 Italy’s household saints hold their world together.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A marvelous, lovable novel.” —Joyce Maynard

“From the very first sentence of Francine Prose’s fifth novel, you know you’re under the spell of a first-rate storyteller.” —The New York Times
“A minor miracle . . . documenting the madness and the grace of God in everyday life.” —Newsweek   

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480445062
Publisher:
Open Road Media
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
253
Sales rank:
865,395
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Francine Prose is the author of sixteen novels, including A Changed Man, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. A former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prose is a highly regarded critic and essayist, and has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. She is a distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, and she lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
April 1, 1947
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
B.A., Radcliffe College, 1968

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Household Saints 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
I think I understand why there are so many low ratings...such a dark novel that evokes such sad emotions. But underneath it all was such a beautiful story, such vivid pictures...such a sense of the old world kind of family bonds and way of life.  Would not do justice to this author with anything less than 5 stars.
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