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Norumbega Park

A Novel

Anthony Giardina

Picador

Richie Palumbo, the most ordinary of men, gets lost one night in 1969 while driving with his family. He finds himself in Norumbega—a gorgeous, hidden town on the far edges of Boston’s western suburbs. He sees a venerable old house and, without quite knowing why, decides that he must have it.  Richie’s wild dream sets his family on a forty-year odyssey in which they confront class and parental dreams, sex and spirituality, and the way hopes conflict with reality. Anthony Giardina's Norumbega Park is a brilliant, sensuous drama of suburban angst—a novel that mines the depths of desire and its abiding consequences.

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Autumn 1969
 
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The Palumbo family, beholden to tradition, drives every year into the country on the last weekend before Thanksgiving to buy the turkey. Beyond Lexington, beyond Bedford and Concord, where the country opens up and darkens, there are still farms where large cages hold white, startled birds. “That one,” says Joannie, the little girl, pointing, then runs back to the car, and before she is even inside, she covers her ears against the knowledge her big brother chooses not to protect her from. In the backseat, keeping her
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Praise for Norumbega Park

“Beautiful, audacious...One of the bravest, most memorable American novels in years.”—NPR

Norumbega Park delves into what is hidden...the subtle nuances of class; the charged eroticism between siblings, between husband and wife, between parents and children; the examination of faith and its loss—all are explored in rich, believable ways.”—Jennifer Gilmore, The New York Times Book Review

“A page-turner…Every scene is grounded in earthy, evolving characters and takes place at a turning point in their lives. The author has his own ambitions---and he avoids disappointment.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Giardina is an artist who delicately but firmly presses every moment for its truth and passes up every chance for easy sentimentality. There isn’t a false note in this vividly melancholy book.”—The Washington Post

“Provocative...A rich and rewarding book filled with wisdom about how we live and how we fail to live, gripped by dreams we can neither fulfill nor forget.”—The Dallas Morning News

“Giardina complicates the story in surprising ways.…His intelligence and daring are clear.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“An immensely heartfelt and successful novel: tender, tasteful, intelligent, and touching.”---Jim Crace

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Anthony Giardina

  • Anthony Giardina is the author of four previous novels, most recently White Guys, and one collection of stories. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine, and his plays have been widely produced. He is a regular visiting professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. Giardina lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Norumbega Park

A Novel

Anthony Giardina

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