From Library Journal
The author, a journalist and television editor, grew up on the mean streets of New York City's Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s. He adored his violent, abusive father until, at age 14, he learned that the older man had murdered his first wife. This memoir recounts Carcaterra's discovery of his parents' history, an unrelieved litany of brutal, pathological acting-out by his father, contrasted with the strange compliance of his long-suffering mother, who never left her husband. While it offers few explanations for Carcaterra pere 's behavior or the author's success in escaping a childhood hell, this is a heartfelt, vivid tale with an agonizing denouement--even on his father's deathbed, Carcarterra could not say he loved him. Of interest to selected popular audiences and collections on domestic violence and ethnic studies.- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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