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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salvatore Scibona Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This debut novel from Salvatore Scibona has garnered widespread praise as a literary triumph and was a National Book Award finalist.

A small, incongruous man receives an excruciating piece of news. His son has died in a POW camp in Korea. It is August 15, 1953, the day of a tumultuous street carnival in Elephant Park, an Italian immigrant enclave in Ohio. The man is Rocco LaGrassa, and his many years of dogged labor, paternal devotion, and steadfast Christian faith are about to come to a crashing end. He is the first of many exquisitely drawn characters we meet that day, each of whom will come to their own conclusion.

The End follows an elderly abortionist, an enigmatic drapery seamstress, a teenage boy, a jeweler into the heart of a crime that will twist all their lives.

Against a background of immigration, broken loyalties, and racial hostility, we at last return to August 15, 1953, and see everything Rocco saw - and vastly more - through the eyes of various characters in the crowds.

The End is the unforgettable debut of a singular new American novelist. Download and start listening now!

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    " Genius! I wish I could write down the world as he sees and hears it. "

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    " Despite the fact that this book was written in an accomplished and unique voice, I did not enjoy reading it. To me, it was frustrating and unnecessarily opaque. "

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