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Fiction. When you view 30 as a death sentence, your time is always running out. Such is the predicament of the narrator and Whitney—his long- term girlfriend/ballast/sparring partner. They learn to coexist in a relationship addled by alcohol, drugs, and infidelity. Whether in an apple orchard or a junkie's bathroom, tender moments punctuate an otherwise hauntingly dysfunctional friendship.
About the Author
Joe Stracci was born in the Bronx in 1984. He earned an MFA at Bennington College in 2009. His fiction has been published in Atlas Quarterly, Review, Inkwell, PANK Magazine, Specter Magazine, and Word Riot. WHITNEY, his debut novel, was the winner of the 2011 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project. Stracci lives in Connecticut with his wife, daughter, and two cats, in a house that is described on the land survey as an "underground dwelling."
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Whitney is a beautifully written novel of a complicated love and a life of raw emotion. The prose flows seamlessly; the characters are believable and there is little that will not resonate with an honest, open audience. My only caveat, and I offer this reluctantly, is the chapter that focuses on the narrator’s sex life. It diminishes the narrator’s previously complex relationship with Whitney to a bodily function. Joyously, it is only one chapter and the complexity of their life together, apart, with family and friends continues, like a well constructed symphony to a satisfying crescendo.