The Family Hightower

The Family Hightower


By (author) Brian Francis Slattery

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  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 338 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 30mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1609805631
  • ISBN 13: 9781609805630

Product description

In this novel of mistaken identity, two boys are born in the same year and both are named after their grandfather: Peter Henry Hightower, a wealthy Ukrainian-American criminal. One Peter grows up alienated from the family and ends up as a journalist. The other Peter, who goes by Petey, ends up a small-time criminal. When Petey disappears, the people who are after him track down the wrong cousin, and Peter the journalist finds himself on the run without any sense of why. He runs from one family member to the next, piecing together what his cousin was involved in as well as his family's long and complicated relationship with organized crime.

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Author information

Novelist, musician, and editor Brian Francis Slattery is the author of three previous novels. "Spaceman Blues" (2007) was nominated for the Lambda Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. "Liberation" (2008) was named by Amazon's editors the best science-fiction book of 2008. "Lost Everything" (2012) won the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award. He was previously a senior editor of the "Journal of International Affairs "and an editor and co-founder of the "New Haven Review." His short fiction is published in "Glimmer Train," "McSweeney's," the" Revelator," and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and son in New Haven, Connecticut.

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"A tale dripping with blood and money in a family that's far more fun to read about than it would be to live with. And one could fill a page with all the novel's quotable lines; "I love you means I will bleed you dry" tops the list. This is a splendid story filled with betrayal and disaster. Readers prone to schadenfreude will find it doubly delicious."--"Kirkus Reviews, "starred review "There will be blood, Brian Slattery promises early on, and, man, does he deliver. Expertly paced and beautifully detailed, "The Family Hightower" is a Ukrainian-American Godfather-a time-traveling, globetrotting crime saga spanning the last century, spiriting the reader from Morocco to Zimbabwe to Romania and always back home to strangely exotic Cleveland. Completely satisfying and completely brilliant."--Stewart O'Nan, author of "A Prayer for the Dying" and "Last Night at the Lobster" "Make no mistake, Brian Francis Slattery has proven innovative and quick in unspooling this tale. Innovative how? He introduces Petey's girlfriend when she's already a disemboweled corpse, skin all sown up in jagged stitches. Dare the reader care about this eviscerated entity as the narrative delves into her back-story? Turns out we "can" and "do" root for a dead thing. In fact, Madalina might be the most noble character in the book, and her story examines the very grim reality of Eastern Europe's criminal underworld. This is not the freewheeling, frivolous age of parties financed by Jay Gatsby's bootleg liquor. People here are dying for their livers and their eyes."--Ben East, "Ben on Books "