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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, RedemptionAfter 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 His fiction and non fiction have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review and LitHub How Fires End is his debut novel.



10 thoughts on “How Fires End

  1. says:

    3.5Marco Rafal s How Fires End is a transporting story With exquisite language and storytelling, he brings to life an experience deeply rooted in Sicilian culture and World War II It unfolds in reverse over the course of three generations and conveys gri


  2. 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 care and te


  3. 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 generations of a famil


  4. says:

    This savory and captivating novel is a stunning debut I was engrossed in this story about a rivalry between two families that was sparked during World War II in the small Sicilian town of Melilli The author uses all of the senses in his descriptions The story ingeniously begins


  5. says:

    Another terrific debut The storytelling and writing inside were like reading butter I felt the first two sections narrated by David, the son and Salvatore, the father to be the strongest There is another section that comes from Salvatore s friend, Vincenzo s perspective but I felt this


  6. says:

    Marco Rafal paints a masterpiece with words 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 HOW FIRES END is the debut novel of this stunningly talented author I had to kee


  7. says:

    This beautifully written novel is about secrets and how they can affect a family through the generations It s told in three parts David, the son Salvatore, the father and Vincenzo, a friend and father figure who helped bring Salvatore and his sister Nella from Sicily to America at the end of WWII Even


  8. says:

    The characters, history, and generational family drama made this a great read There was an aspect of one character s motivations that I found a little unbelievable, but it didn t detract from the overall story.Major perk of this book is learning the Italian for evil eye.


  9. 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 David, a young man trying to grapple with a local


  10. says:

    As I started this book I was thinking that I was going to be reading about a Sicilian family living during WWII, what I got was something so much better I got a story of a young boy trying to find his way in the world with a father that did not grow up in America I got the story of a father that had lost so much that all he


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