Vince Sgambati – MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD Book Launch
April 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM
A long-time Board member and supporter of ArtRage, Vince Sgambati has published a new novel, Most Precious Blood. Join him as we celebrate this achievement with food and friendship at the gallery. Vince will both read from and sign/sell his books at this event.
MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD
Fans of Anne Tyler’s quirky characters and her attention to family life, or Pete Hamill’s depiction of diverse, ethnic, urban neighborhoods will connect to Most Precious Blood, set in the eleventh-hour of a declining Italian-American neighborhood where complex and often destructive loyalties have dire consequences. Hard Luck Lenny is the quintessential good son, brother, and father, and he fears a calamity will derail his son’s future the way his own dreams were derailed years ago, but Frankie is preoccupied with thoughts of Gennaro DiCico, the son of a small-time mobster. Lenny’s fears are realized when a cabdriver’s son avenges his father’s murder. Most Precious Blood is drawn from Vince’s experiences, and like most of Lenny Lasante’s childhood friends and siblings, Vince moved on, but often returned to reclaim some lost flavor of ethnicity.
“Sgambati paints a vivid portrait of Italian-American life in present day Queens where the past weighs heavier than the present. At once tragic and redemptive, Most Precious Blood is essentially a story of the messy way love, community and family play out and the price we pay for connection.” —Trebor Healey, Lambda award-winning author of A Horse Named Sorrow and Faun
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vince’s short stories received awards from the Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest (2013 & ’16) and Nimrod Literary Awards: the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in North American Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Gertrude Journal, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, Lavender Magazine, Off The Rocks, and Saints and Sinners. Vince makes his home in Manhattan and Syracuse, New York.
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