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The End by Salvatore Scibona
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Oct 06, 2009 | ISBN 9781594484056

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“A masterful novel set amid racial upheaval in 1950s America during the flight of second-generation immigrants from their once-necessary ghettos. Full of wisdom, consequence, and grace, Salvatore Scibona’s radiant debut brims with the promise of a remarkable literary career, of which The End is only the beginning.” – Annie Dillard

“Lyrical… Bold… Beautiful.” – The Boston Globe

“Exquisitely rendered… Does not open up so much as catch and slowly reel in.” – Los Angeles Times
“Rhapsodic… Unflinching… Masterful… A novel unafraid to split into the breastplate of humankind and aim a floodlight at the demons dancing there.” – Southern Review

“Engulfing. Entangled. Fate-laden. Flinty.” – Esquire 

“Precise yet inventive…[Scibona] fleshes out a scrabbling immigrant Cleveland.” – The American Book Review

“Like no other contemporary writer…A concordance of the immigrant experience from the beautiful to the brutal and everything in between.” – ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

“Possibly the only novel I’ve ever read that legitimately deserves to be called Bellovian. And that’s no small claim.” – Kenyon Review

“Breathtaking… Think not only Faulkner, but also T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Scibona loves language and recognizes the power of using the right word. He seems better educated than most American writers, with a strong vocabulary and rich ideas that urge him to build complex sentences…. To the reader’s enrichment, The End is an outstanding work in all the right ways” – Annie Proulx, The Guardian

“Virtuosic… There is an intensity of purpose to Salvatore Scibona’s endeavor that is decidedly uncommon…  Scibona is a deft and intricate plotter… There is no doubt whatsoever of the beauty or brilliance of Scibona’s writing…  The free flow of thought is almost miraculously caught.” – Olivia Laing, The Observer

“Scibona is a gutsy, heart-and-soul writer, unafraid of emotion and ready to take risks.” – Rosemary Goring, Herald (UK)

“It may have taken a while for Scibona to get to this side of the Atlantic, but The End suggests this is the beginning of a fascinating career from an important new American voice.” – Stuart Evers, Daily Telegraph (UK)

“This is an extraordinary novel about the experience of immigration; unsentimental and beautifully written.” — Kate Saunders, The Times (UK)

“Its moments of sharply realized emotional pull and gentle beauty reel you in.” — Metro (UK)


New York Public Library’s Young Lion Fiction Award WINNER

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