"Our house, in Little Italy, shared a wall with the Rossis' next
door, and our clothesline connected with the Pilettis' behind us.
My mother used to say that if one of the neighbours' houses was
swallowed up by hell, we would all be pulled down with them."
Smart, witty, and emotionally generous, "Tempting Faith DiNapoli"
is first-time novelist Lisa Gabriele's alternately wrenching and
funny coming-of-age story about a girl who is born with a powerful
faith -- a faith that is sorely tested across the difficult years
of her childhood and adolescence.
Bewildered by her lot as the daughter in a fundamentally and often
hilariously dysfunctional family, Faith genuinely wants to be a
good Catholic girl. And she's pretty sure Jesus loves her. Trouble
is, she's angry. Angry with her father for leaving, her mom for
never going anywhere, and her siblings -- just because they're
around. So Faith lies. She cheats and she steals. In fact, she
breaks every commandment on the list, mostly by accident. And in
the process, Faith finds herself increasingly torn between the girl
she and Jesus want her to be, and the girl she just plain happens
Lisa Gabriele writes with rare confidence and insight. Her
sure-handed narrative hums along on the charged rhythms of Faith's
poignant quest for her own private happy ending. Charming, fresh,
and big-hearted, "Tempting Faith DiNapoli "is a novel that will
stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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