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“Exuberant, vigorous, tough . . . dramatizes so well the awful power of family.” ―The Atlantic Monthly

“Richard Price is the greatest writer of dialogue, living or dead, this country has ever produced.” ―Dennis Lehane

“For all of its surface violence, blunt language and brute realism, Bloodbrothers is a most subtle book. A sharp portrait of coming-of-age, in sorrow and in strength.” ―The Washington Post Book World

“Cannot be forgotten by anyone who reads it, and it is not to be missed.” ―Chicago Tribune

“The action is so psychologically 'true' that reading about these Co-op City brawlers is like being only an uppercut away from them.” ―The New York Times

“Few contemporary writers have a clearer eye than Price or so effortlessly capture the nuances of speech and movement peculiar to urban man.” ―Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Lush Life.

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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA / Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312428693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312428693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter how miserable you think your life is, just be thankful you weren't living in New Jersey circa 1974 with the DeCoco clan and their circle. What a hopeless, nihilistic existence. Nobody here is going anywhere fast. They all seem to be in the grip of emotional traumas which none of them have the requisite education to explain and spend their whole lives trying to nullify through various means - alcohol, casual sex, whatever. Richard Price is one of the GREAT novelists of this or any other time. Just when you think that you've read every possible word that anyone could say about the human condition, along comes a blindingly intelligent talent such as he who opens your mind to something fresh that you had never previously grasped. What he gives you in his novels is absolute authenticity and understanding of what goes on in the souls of such folk. And he does it in a sensitive yet tough manner.

BloodBrothers is a novel that left me profoundly shaken after I'd read it. Although I preferred the surrealism and humor found in The Wanderers (the humor and racism are toned down slightly here), this book has more structure, is more of a novel in the classic sense of the word. They both have their own attributes and ultimately, I would encourage anyone who appreciates truth, humor and brilliant writing to seek both of these novels.
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Critics repeat ad-nauseam that Price is good with dialogue and Blood Brothers is no exception, propelled sometimes almost exclusively by conversation. It's similar in subject to The Wanderers but the scope is much more focused this time around. And unlike The Wanderers it doesn't boil down to a few vignettes. After finding long-awaited success with Clockers and Freedomland, Price's earlier work is being re-released, getting it the attention it deserves. Blood Brothers is maybe superior to his later work, possessing a frankness that makes it both accessible and intimate.
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Richard Price is one of my favorite authors, and I have read all of his novels. This is by far my most favorite (and it was the last one I read!). This story really hit home with me...Stony has to chose between doing what he loves for s*** pay, or have a well-paying job that he loathes. When I read this book, I was going through a similar situation, and most of us at least have issues with our families that run deep and complicated. Something about the way Price makes his characters so true to life...I feel that in Blood Brothers even more so than his other books. After I finished the book I felt like I was going to run into one of the characters on the street someday. Highly recommended. If you're new to Richard Price, get this one first! ...but you will get hooked and have to buy all the rest eventually ;)
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At eighteen, Stony de Coco's future is predictable, the distillation of his family's expectations. His father, Tommy, and uncle, Chubby, are middle-aged union men, electricians who anticipate Stony joining them on the job mid-summer. Hard-working, hard-drinking womanizers, Tommy and Chubby have waited for years for Stony to carry on the family tradition. Residents of Co-Op City in the Bronx, the de Coco brothers are working guys who spend their off-hours drinking and carousing, holding their failing youth at bay. But Stony isn't sure he wants to follow in his father's footsteps. Lately, he has been yearning for something else, another path than a union paycheck. But this isn't a family where "no" is tolerated.

Given an opportunity to work with children in a local hospital, Stony finds the work exhilarating. But telling his father and uncle is another story, Stony at odds with his own needs and the demands of family. And it doesn't help that Stony's mother, Marie, takes her rage and unhappiness out on eight-year-old Albert, who is showing signs of anorexia. Stony is conflicted about watching out for Albert, while Tommy, as usual, remains oblivious. Making a Faustian bargain with his father, the moment of decision fast approaches. The closer the confrontation with Tommy, the more confused Stony gets, an emotional rollercoaster exacerbated by the increasing chaos of his family's dysfunction. Stony can't find a quiet place to think things through and Price doesn't provide one, the de Coco home rocked with rage, violence and frustration. In a drama filled with expletives and threat, this working class family loudly excises demons and without restraint.

Price's canvas is bloody, splattered with the detritus of failed expectations, assailed by the blunt force trauma of reality.
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Richard Price. I was going to keep this review strictly to Bloodbrothers. However, I am compelled to expand it to anything and everything that Richard Price has had published. Now and in the future.
I'll keep it simple.
He IS a master of dialogue.
He tells a story that even if you have absolutely no interest in, will respect and absorb.
He(Price) is possibly the greatest living American storyteller of his genre.
He writes it. I buy it. And I love it. Bloodbrothers is a sterling example of what I am trying to impart.
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I decided to tiptoe in from the shallow end and read one of Price's shorter novels.

I've heard so much about his ear/imagination for dialogue, but found myself surprised by how much I enjoyed learning about Stoney DeCoco. This is one that you won't forget
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