Five Finger Discount
'The night my grandfather tried to kill us, I was five years old, the age I stopped believing in Santa Claus ' Helene Stapinski had been playing in the family's apartment above the Majestic Tavern in Jersey City when, in the bar downstairs, Grandpa - an ex-con and armed robber - pointed his loaded gun and bragged he had a bullet for each of them. But news travelled fast and within minutes Helene was watching a handcuffed Grandpa go to jail for the last time. The Stapinski's have a knack for breaking the law. Helene's daily bread was stolen by her father from the cold storage company where he worked and the books on her shelves were swiped from the local bookbinding company. In her own generation, her first cousin embezzled a quarter of a million dollars, tearing the clan apart. All these stories are part of Helene's unbelievable heritage and of FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT, a raucous and heartbreaking tale.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 127 x 198.1 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
- 20 May 2002
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
About Helene Stapinski
Helene Stapinski has published stories in the NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK MAGAZINE and PEOPLE amongst many other magazines and newspapers.
" [Five-Finger Discount] will steal your heart." -- People " By turns hilarious and alarming, uproarious and depressing, [stapinski' s] book reads on the surface like something by Damon Runyon and Elmore Leonard, with a dark undertow of real-life pain and disillusion." -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times " It's a brilliant book, a darling book. It is the blessedly modest chronicle of a magical consciousness that seems to have been born pulling diamonds out of the muck, hearing angels' voices in the fiercest thunder....I adored every word of this wondrous book. Get it. Read it." -- Michael Pakenham, Baltimore Sun " In the tradition of...Rita Mae Brown and Amy Tan, Ms. Stapinski is an exciting writer, unabashedly candid, and at the same time unashamedly self-contained. Five-Finger Discount is a must-read." -- Victoria Gotti, The New York Observer " What [Frank] McCourt did for Limerick, Ireland, Helene Stapinski does for Jersey City." -- Newark Sunday Star-Ledger " Hugely entertaining." -- London Sunday Times