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A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel

de William Boyle

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After Brooklyn mob widow Rena Ruggiero hits her eighty-year-old neighbor Enzio in the head with an ashtray when he makes an unwanted move on her, she embarks on a bizarre adventure. Taking off in Enzio's '62 Impala, she retreats to the Bronx home of her estranged daughter, Adrienne, and her granddaughter, Lucia, only to be turned away by Adrienne at the door. Their neighbor, Lacey "Wolfie" Wolfstein, a one-time Golden Age porn star and retired Florida Suncoast grifter, takes Rena in and befriends her.When Lucia discovers that Adrienne is planning to hit the road with her ex-boyfriend Richie, she figures Rena's her only way out of a life on the run with a mother she can't stand. But Richie has massacred a few members of the Brancaccio crime family for a big payday, and he drags even more trouble into the mix in the form of an unhinged enforcer named Crea. The stage is set for an explosion that will propel Rena, Wolfie, and Lucia down a strange path, each woman running from something and unsure what comes next.A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is a screwball noir about finding friendship and family where you least expect it, in which William Boyle again draws readers into the familiar--and sometimes frightening--world in the shadows at the edges of New York's neighborhoods.… (mais)
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After the 5oth page, I told myself that it was perfectly fine to stop reading this book. I guess I lost interest after the characters seemed as though they were lining up for a trip to the mental health counselor. I guess I can say that I tried. We have enough perspective switching in YA works. I guess I did not appreciate it within this work because it did not truly make the narrative anymore vital.
  HaroldMillican | Dec 15, 2019 |
A crime story with heart. Heart, humor and good characters. A mob grandmother, her grand-daughter, and a couple of former porn stars go on the run to avoid big trouble - trouble caused by men, who of course leave the women to clean things up. There's stolen money, hurt feelings and a psychotic killer involved. And a very good Italian dinner at the end. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jul 4, 2019 |
Inside this Soprano style, Thelma and Louise vibed book one finds a motley crew of characters. We have an elderly man who gets beaned because he tries to get a little nookie from the wrong person. A mob bosses widow, and an older woman whose past jobs included porn Queen and drifter. A teenage girl who is determined not to run off in the sunset with her mother and her boyfriend. All the elements for a tragic comedy, and at first it is humorous.

Then the bullets start flying, great sums of money are bandied about, and the car chases ensue. The past is fast, there are some gritty and violent moments, and those left standing at the end must pick up the pieces. How? With some baked ziti, sausage and peppers and some bricole of course. That works everytime.

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  Beamis12 | Mar 27, 2019 |
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After Brooklyn mob widow Rena Ruggiero hits her eighty-year-old neighbor Enzio in the head with an ashtray when he makes an unwanted move on her, she embarks on a bizarre adventure. Taking off in Enzio's '62 Impala, she retreats to the Bronx home of her estranged daughter, Adrienne, and her granddaughter, Lucia, only to be turned away by Adrienne at the door. Their neighbor, Lacey "Wolfie" Wolfstein, a one-time Golden Age porn star and retired Florida Suncoast grifter, takes Rena in and befriends her.When Lucia discovers that Adrienne is planning to hit the road with her ex-boyfriend Richie, she figures Rena's her only way out of a life on the run with a mother she can't stand. But Richie has massacred a few members of the Brancaccio crime family for a big payday, and he drags even more trouble into the mix in the form of an unhinged enforcer named Crea. The stage is set for an explosion that will propel Rena, Wolfie, and Lucia down a strange path, each woman running from something and unsure what comes next.A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is a screwball noir about finding friendship and family where you least expect it, in which William Boyle again draws readers into the familiar--and sometimes frightening--world in the shadows at the edges of New York's neighborhoods.

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