The Family Corleone

The Family Corleone

By Ed Falco; Mario Puzo (Screenplay by)

Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780446574631, 591pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2013


New York, 1933. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny-17 years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.

About the Author
Ed Falco is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, short stories, and poetry. His work has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and TriQuarterly. He won the Richard Sullivan Prize in 1995 for Acid and has received many other awards and fellowships, including an NEA Fellowship in fiction, the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Short Fiction, and the Mishima Prize. As a playwright, he has won the Hampden-Sydner Playwriting Award and has worked with artists and actors from around the world. Falco lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is the director of Virginia Tech s MFA program.

Mario Puzo was the author of the international bestseller The Godfather and cowrote the screenplays for the Academy Award-winning trio of films based on the book. Puzo's other books include The Last Don and Omerta, both New York Times bestsellers.

Praise For The Family Corleone

"Channels the original so well that readers will be vividly reminded of Puzo's strengths...His moments of blam-blam-blam are ace. Best of all, he supplies a grand set-piece finale--a parade--that will have readers dreaming of just one more movie."

"If you have any knowledge of The Godfather you will love this book. It's a perfect addition to the Corleone saga...When you see this book, buy it. It is written with love for the characters and respect for Puzo. It is also a story that won't quit and I couldn't stop reading. Falco brought me back to a world I love and did it perfectly. As far as I'm concerned this is THE BOOK to buy in 2012."
-Crime Spree Magazine

"Falco has captured Puzo's rich prose style and eye for detail...a solid piece of work."
-The Washington Post

"What works well is Falco's depiction of Vito Corleone, which captures both the cool reserve of young Vito and the insight he demonstrates as Don....A worthy addition to the lurid world of the Five Families."

"Falco ably exploits the tension between civility and brutality. The result is good, messy fun."
-The Guardian (UK)

-New York Daily News

"This early snapshot of the Corleone family is fascinating ...Ed Falco has done yeoman's work in The Family Corleone, meeting the American legend that is its subject matter head-on and creating a tale that demands to be read in one sitting. We already know how it turns out (at least most of it). But it's how Falco and Corleone get from beginning to end that makes this journey a riveting and twisting ride."