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How Fires End A Dark Secret Born Out Of World War II Lies At The Heart Of A Sicilian American Family In This Emotional And Sweeping Saga Of Guilt, Revenge, And, Ultimately, Redemption After Soldiers Vacate The Sicilian Hillside Town Of Melilli In The Summer Of , The Locals Celebrate, Giving Thanks To Their Patron Saint, Sebastian Amid The Revelry, All It Takes Is One Fateful Moment For The Destiny Of Nine Year Old Salvatore Vassallo To Change Forever When His Twin Brothers Are Killed Playing With An Unexploded Mortar Shell, Salvatore S Faith Is Destroyed As The Family Unravels, And Fear Ignites Among Their Neighbors That The Vassallo Name Is Cursed, One Tragedy Begets AnotherDesperate To Escape This Haunting Legacy, Salvatore Accepts The Help Of An Italian Soldier With Fascist Ties Who Ushers Him And His Sister, Nella, Into A New Beginning In America In Middletown, Connecticut, In The Immigrant Neighborhood Known As Little Melilli, These Three Struggle To Build New Lives For Themselves But A Dangerous Choice To Keep Their Secrets Hidden Erupts In Violence Decades Later When Salvatore Loses His Inquisitive American Born Son, David, They All Learn Too Late The Price Sons Pay For Their Fathers WarsWritten With Elegiac Prose, How Fires End Delves Into The Secret Wars Of Men The Sins They Cannot Bury And A Life Lived In Fear Of Who Will Reveal Them, Who Will Survive Them, And Who Will Forgive Them

About the Author: Marco Rafalà

Marco Rafal is a first generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and game writer for award winning tabletop role playing games He earned his MFA in Fiction from The New School and is cocurator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City Born in Middletown, Connecticut, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York How Fires End is his debut novel.

10 thoughts on “How Fires End

  1. says:

    What happens when faith blinds us to our own humanity How Fires End is part war story and aftermath, part mythology, a lamentation shot through with melancholy and pathos Rafal writes of the fathers and sons and daughters of Mellili, Sicily with such car

  2. says:

    I ended up with an ARC of this book, somewhat at random, not through a giveaway Meaning I am under no obligation to write a review I m just writing a review because I really enjoyed it How Fires End is about how a single tragedy can haunt multiple generat

  3. says:

    This compelling and beautifully written book is told in three sections, each presenting a slice of history as seen through the eyes of three Sicilian American men whose stories tragically intersect The first part is a coming of age story set in the 1980s and centering D

  4. says:

    This book is told from the perspective of 3 characters David ,the son of a rough Italian immigrant father who is trying to naviagte his way through teenage life and violent bullying in the early 80 s David s father, Salvatore s backstory during the second world war is uncovered

  5. says:

    In How Fires End, we meet two generations of Sicilian born men, Salvatore, the father, and the son who is Sicilian American The book begins with the perspective of David who is a pretty interesting teen who is raised by his overbearing father who seems to have a lot of baggage and hear

  6. says:

    HOW FIRES END is an epic, multi generational novel and an impressive debut Packed with metaphor and rich descriptions, it takes us from and Italian American community in Connecticut, back through time to war torn Italy, revealing buried secrets that led to a family s near destruction I enjoyed

  7. says:

    I was lucky to receive a galley copy of this stellar debut novel I really enjoyed the depth of the characters and the coming of age storyline with the character named David The novel has a mystery element as far as the family secret that David s father has kept since his own childhood in Sicily, and t

  8. says:

    So happy I got an ARC of Marco Rafala s upcoming book How Fires End It s a gripping epic family drama spanning several generations The writing is beautiful and the characters really drew me in It releases on 10 15 but you can pre order now Grab your copy and get ready to dig into a wonderful read

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