A Fine Place (Hardcover)

By Nicholas Montemarano

Context Books, 9781893956216, 224pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2002



In 1989 Yusuf Hawkins, a black teenager in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, was chased by a gang of young white men, caught, and beaten to death. Rather than sensationalize the murder of Yusuf Hawkins, first-time novelist Nicholas Montemarano focuses on its aftermath: Tony Santangelo, one of those young men, must go on with his life after serving time in prison, just as his Italian-American family struggles with their own guilt and silence, with questions about Tonys involvement, and ultimately with their dying way of life. Moving back and forth in time, with direct and intense prose, Montemarano achieves a cumulative intensity the reader will not soon forget.