No Sad Songs (Paperback)
Fish Out of Water Books, 9780989908740, 228pp.
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn't take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer's is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran's hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there's a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa's dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life--and there's no way out.
About the Author
Frank Morelli has been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel salesman, a bus driver, a postal employee, a JC Penney model (see clerk), an actual clerk (like in the movie of the same name), a camp counselor, a roving sports reporter, and a nuclear physicist (okay, maybe that's not true). At heart, he's a writer, and that's all he's ever been. His fiction and essays have appeared in more than 30 publications, including Cobalt Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Jersey Devil Press, Philadelphia Stories, and The Saturday Evening Post. His sports themed column, Peanuts & Crackerjacks, appears monthly at Change Seven Magazine. He lives in High Point, North Carolina.