- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Braddock Avenue Books; First edition (November 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 061586970X
- ISBN-13: 978-0615869704
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walt Farnham, the handyman hero of THE HEART OF JUNE, is a good man whose life is in serious need of repair but knows it's sometimes better to enjoy what we have than mourn what's lost. Mason Radkoff's debut is sweet and funny and wise, besides being a deeply-felt love-letter to Pittsburgh, past and present. --Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels and Emily Alone
Mason Radkoff's moving debut novel THE HEART OF JUNE is a literary masterpiece. Radkoff renders his flawed yet bighearted characters with such warmth, compassion and charm that I'm still thinking about them, long after turning the last page. --Amy Greene, Author of Bloodroot
THE HEART OF JUNE carefully illuminates the lives we craft for ourselves and the implications of things left unfinished, plans cut short. With gorgeously crafted prose and the rich history of Pittsburgh as its backdrop, Mason Radkoff weaves a generous tale that had me spellbound from the start. --Eugene Cross, author of Fires of Our Choosing
About the Author
First-time novelist Mason Radkoff arrives on the literary scene with a captivating new voice. Shortlisted for the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition, Radkoff s heartfelt and often times wry novel features emotion and maturity seldom seen in debut work. As a carpenter restoring homes both modest and grand, Radkoff bore witness to the subtle drama residing within the walls that contain our lives. Now, after years spent surrounded by the interactions that shape us all, he shares this wisdom in a compelling tale filled with honesty, humor, and love.
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The book is full of these moments. I've known many like Miss June. But Walt's the really interesting character. A carpenter who knows his craft better than anyone realizes. The book is perhaps about the repair of a room damaged by fire, or of a young man damaged by life.
Evocative of a time and place, rich with details, likable but flawed character, Heart is an easy but compelling read. Radkoff captured the comfortable banter between friends perfectly, humor cutting close to the cold truth, but delivered with compassion and love.
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The tone of this novel is set in the first fifty pages: A smart read, about a man who won’t tap his own potential, the grande dame who rules him...Read more