August and Then Some

August and Then Some

By David Prete

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393057997, 272pp.

Publication Date: April 2012


In the heat of August, Jake Terri Savage ( JT ), his little sister Danielle, and his bone-headed best friend, Nokey (nicknamed after gnocchi ), try to steal JT's father's beloved 1965 Shelby Cobra. Their reasons are noble; the consequences, devastating.

JT's abusive dad's idea of a twelfth birthday gift is getting his son involved in a barroom brawl. Nokey's dad thinks he has potatoes for brains. Both sons live out their fathers stunted visions in a way that brings down a terrible judgment on them all leaving JT hauling rocks for punishment while he staves off panic attacks and nightmares about his sister and her terrible half-known secret.

A Dominican teenage girl with little hope for her own future gives JT a second chance to save someone, including himself. Throughout, David Prete's vivid sense of atmosphere, tight plotting, and crackling dialogue give the dysfunctional family story a new lease on life.

About the Author
David Prete is the author of "Say That to My Face". He lives in Chicago, Illinois.