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Small Mercies: A Novel

Small Mercies: A Novel

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Small Mercies: A Novel

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“An intimate family portrait.” —The New York Times “Eddie Joyce’s terrific
first novel is so American that the story might as well have taken place at
the base of the Statue of Liberty.” —Richard Russo “An inside look at one
Staten Island family’s struggle with grief . . . [A] poignant, deeply
affecting tale.” —Martha Stewart Living, a Book Club selection “[A] terrific
debut novel. . . . Joyce layers . . . different characters’ perspectives
nimbly and skillfully, infusing his portrait of a messy, complicated, loving
family with heartfelt emotion.” —Sara Vilkomerson, Entertainment Weekly, A- A
startling and tender portrait of one family’s struggle to make peace with
their son’s death An ingeniously layered narrative, told over the course of
one week, Eddie Joyce’s debut novel masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish
American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history. Ten
years after the loss of Bobby—the Amendola family’s youngest son—everyone is
still struggling to recover from the firefighter’s unexpected death. Bobby’s
mother, Gail; his widow, Tina; his older brothers Peter, the corporate lawyer,
and Franky, the misfit; and his father, Michael, have all dealt with their
grief in different ways. But as the family gathers together for Bobby Jr.’s
birthday party, they must each find a way to accept a new man in Tina’s life
while reconciling their feelings for their lost loved one. In unflinching but
lyrical prose, Joyce shows us one mother’s struggle to keep her family
together and preserve the memory of her son. Following Gail as she moves from
the corner offices of white-shoe Manhattan law firms to the blue-collar gin
mills of the outer boroughs, Small Mercies reveals a different New York, one
that exists in the hearts and minds of its inhabitants. Presented through
multiple points of view, Small Mercies explores the conflicts and deep
attachments that exist within families. Heart-wrenching and profoundly
relatable, Joyce’s debut is a love letter to Staten Island and a deeply
affecting portrait of an American family.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 9, 2016)

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143107879

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 73

  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces

  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.2 inches

  • Best Sellers Rank: #713,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #7,005 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books) #10,148 in Family Life Fiction (Books) #33,234 in Literary Fiction (Books)

  • #7,005 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)

  • #10,148 in Family Life Fiction (Books)

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