The Brotherhood of the Grape

The Brotherhood of the Grape

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Nick Molise, stonemason, adulterer and heavy drinker, is father to four grown-up children - and not a good father. He's getting old and his health is deteriorating, and yet, he insists on taking on a final stonemasonry job for a friend and is hell-bent on dragging his eldest, estranged son Henry along for a final attempt at some father-son bonding. After completing the shoddy job - which involves consumption of a great deal of wine and a near-death-experience, Henry finally comes to terms with his father's tyranny and imminent demise - and ultimately appreciates his family, in spite of their numerous flaws. A rich Italian-American family drama, painfully sad and yet funny; this book is an American classic.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 194mm
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753509814
  • 9780753509814

About John Fante

John Fante was born in 1909 into an impoverished Italian-American family in Colorado. In 1930 he set out for Los Angeles where he scraped out a living doing odd jobs in order to support his chosen profession. Eventually he achieved significant critical attention with works such as Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask The Dust, and 1933 Was a Bad Year and earned comparisons to the likes of Sherwood Anderson. He also worked regularly as a screenwriter and received acclaim for his screenplay Full of Life. He was stricken with Diabetes in 1955 which brought about his eventual blindness. He died at 74 in 1983.
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