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Dan Fante is the author of the memoir Fante, the novels 86'd, Chump Change, Mooch, and Spitting Off Tall Buildings, and several books of poetry, short stories, and plays. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
I found the book gripping, fascinating, and easy to read in a few days.
Dan's most interesting gift as a writer is perhaps his ability to write about Madness--his own madness and his characters madness.
In this memoir, a son in the shadows of fate, addiction, despair, becomes a child-man for a very long time.
You could say I'm somewhat obsessed with John Fante. I love his writing, and am intrigued by the man himself. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Tod R. Brubaker
I thought this was a great book. Only writers know what it takes to expose one's self in a memoir. It's like standing naked in the middle of the road. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Author of: THE TARNISHED SHOOTER, Charles James
Dan Fante's autobiography is a rambling, drunken, rage powered revelation. I bought this book on a whim on Amazon because I had read and admired his father's work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by yeah yeah yeah
He doesn't try to be his father. I was afraid of this going into it. If your looking for a john Fante biography this isn't it.Published 2 months ago by steve roberts
Great read, I'd never heard of the writer or his father but it didn't matter the book held my attention and than some. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Johnny Pancake
With a father like author John Fante, you had to be tough. Dan Fante's well-written memoir of his turbulent life takes the reader through a depressing history of numerous... Read morePublished 11 months ago by DLB Ramsey
Moves nice enough for the first hundred pages, and then:BAM!Like a bottle of nitro, this thing explodes to the point you hate to put it down for anything: run to the john, go to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kirk Alex
Having read all of John Fante's fiction and his Selected Letters, I deliberately avoided reading anything by Dan Fante. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael H. Tidemann
I chose this as I have known many people who were very much like this. Proud of any one who can stop thinking only of themselves and rise above the addiction. Read morePublished 23 months ago by lady