By Dan Fante
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061779244, 224pp.)
Publication Date: December 2009
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A blackout brought on by a Mad Dog binge that ended with a self-inflicted steak knife wound bought Bruno Dante another stint in the nuthouse, no different from all the rest. Now it's done, and his wife, Agnes—taking time off from her personal-trainer lover—has come to pick Bruno up and to deliver a message from the West Coast: his screenwriter father is in the hospital in a coma and is not expected to live. So Bruno heads back to Los Angeles for a fraught family reunion, where the tension and stress force him to dull the pain the only way he knows how—with alcohol. And when he wakes up naked in a stolen car with an underage hooker whose pimp has stolen his wallet, Bruno realizes the trip has just begun.
Dan Fante is the son of novelist John Fante. He is the author of several books of poems, short stories, and plays, and the novels 86d, Chump Change, Mooch, and Spitting Off Tall Buildings. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
“Don’t miss Chump Change. It is passionate, obscene, and quite wonderful.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Not a word comes out that one would correct . . . it is sublime.”