Saint John of the Five Boroughs

By Edward Falco
(Unbridled Books, Paperback, 9781932961881, 423pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

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When 22-year-old Avery Walker, a senior at Penn State, meets Grant Danko, a 37-year-old performance artist from Brooklyn whose stage name is Saint John of the Five Boroughs, her life changes radically as she leaves college to live with Grant in Brooklyn and pursue a life as an artist. Worried about Avery, her mother, Kate, and her aunt, Lindsey, and Lindsey’s husband, Hank, travel to Brooklyn, where they all face a crisis of their own and make life-altering choices.

Grant is an angry guy with a curiously attractive personality and a coterie of bright, artistic friends. He’s used his good looks and his accomplishments, and the accomplishments of those friends, to get by while he works hauling stolen goods for his gangster uncle. He carries dark secrets that have caused his life to go off the rails. Grant is about as lost as a man can get, adept at making wrong choices. But when he finally faces his explosive moment of truth, something extraordinary happens.

Saint John of the Five Boroughs is beautifully turneda stunning and layered novel about the effects of violence, both personal and cultural, on its characters’ lives. It’s about the way violence twists character, but also about the possibilities for redemption and change, for achieving a kind of personal grace. Edward Falco once again proves to be a master of urgency and suspense, of events careening out of control, as he brilliantly explores why we make the choices we makeboth the ones that threaten to destroy our lives, and those choices that might save us.




About the Author
Edward Falco was born in Brooklyn and teaches at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He's the prize-winning author of Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories, along with two previous collections, Plato at Scratch Daniel's and Richard Sullivan Prize winner Acid, and a novel, Winter in Florida.
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