Broken Fountain / Edition 2 available in Hardcover
Belmonte describes life in an impoverished Naples, Italy, neighborhood, where casual criminality and anger set the tone.
-In a book of uncommon eloquence, Mr. Belmonte . . . has drawn a series of unsparing portraits showing us how these people live. -New York Times Book Review -At a time when we have so much difficulty understanding poverty in our own country, it is interesting to look at some other country's poor, to examine their anger and frustration. . . . The forms taken by their aggressions and their defenses, the configurations of their pride and their sense of self, the degree to which they fall back on love for consolation, or on friendship. . .This is what Thomas Belmonte does in The Broken Fountain. -Anatole Broyard -New York Times