"Tony Giardina has taken front page news and transformed it into a chilling inquiry into the limits of friendship and the eternal conflict between passion and reason. His style blends the toughness of Chandler with the elegance of Fitzgerald in a quintessentially American brew. White Guys is an intoxicating novel, shrewd, shocking and irrestible." --Valerie Martin, author of MARY REILLY
"White Guys is the kind of book that can be read in a day but will linger in your thoughts for months. It is so quietly riveting, so deeply reflective, that it adds new resonance to the term 'mystery novel.' The crime in this book reaches deep into the cores of its characters and into the world they--and we--inhabit: a society defined by invisible boundaries of class and haunted by unspoken dreams. "
--Stephen Harrigan, author of CHALLENGER PARK
"White Guys is an extraordinarily potent novel. It engages us, passionately, in questions that matter -- what it means to be a man, to be a son, a husband and father; to watch, with hope and despair, the changing of small towns into copycat suburbs. It works its finely nuanced way through race, politics, work - and underneath all of it, the challenges of class run like a stony rift forever separating friend from friend, family, neighbors, and, finally, estranging self from self. I can't remember when I've read a novel as gripping and as true." --Rosellen Brown, author of BEFORE AND AFTER
"One might be tempted to call Anthony Giardina America's best kept literary secret, but there is nothing secret about this much talent. He knows so much about human beings and doings it is almost terrifying, and always thrilling. Thoughtful but never ponderous, gripping without any gimmicks, and beautifully written while never succumbing to preciousness, WHITE GUYS is the finest novel yet from one of our premiere writers of fiction." --Tom Bissell, author of GOD LIVES IN ST. PETERSBURG AND OTHER STORIES
Praise for Recent History:
"Haunting . . . Emotionally riveting, reminding us of the importance of accepting love in whatever form it presents itself." --Entertainment Weekly
"Graceful . . . [Giardina] manages to handle an enormous amount of emotional material with a light touch. . . . [Luca's] struggle is urgent and real. Giardina makes us care, in the end, what happens to our hero." --The New York Times Book Review