The pressures of modern life in the suburbs at the end of the twentieth century are catching up with John Panuzio - debt, status, family, and the very town he grew up in are all creaking on the axis of change. Who exactly is John Panuzio - a.k.a. "Johnny-panni"? He is a stranded baby-boomer whose wife has just entered the workplace and suddenly has a lot to talk about andThe pressures of modern life in the suburbs at the end of the twentieth century are catching up with John Panuzio - debt, status, family, and the very town he grew up in are all creaking on the axis of change. Who exactly is John Panuzio - a.k.a. "Johnny-panni"? He is a stranded baby-boomer whose wife has just entered the workplace and suddenly has a lot to talk about and a lot less attention for him. He is the son of a proud Italian father who helped build the very suburb they live in, but who is now alone, living with his son and family, complaining and dying. He is the father of three children: a son in an overpriced college who doesn't communicate, a soccerplaying (and very argumentative) high-school son who is dating a Puerto Rican girl, and a princess of a daughter, who has no limits to her demands. He is a promotional/advertising hack working for a defense company that is relocating to Atlanta - and he hasn't been invited. Corporate mergers, downsizing, and public schools in turmoil all form the background for this novel of love, hate, violence and glory, rescue and murder....
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Darkness Falls Reviews
John Del Vecchio is best known for his Vietnam novels, written from his own experience in that war. This book, too, draws from his personal history, this time as an Italian-American, growing up in a large family in Connecticut. And like his other novels (13th Valley; For All Things Living; Carry Me Home), his characters, plot and writing is so good, you'll keep reading even if your vision of the world is quite different from the author's (note that this reviewer is a bleeding heart liberal pacifist WASP -- Del Vecchio is not)!This story covers so much that an attempt to explain it in detail may make it sound too complicated. The writing is so good, it isn't too complicated, but it isn't a quick read.Del Vecchio writes primarily from the view of Johnny Panuzio, a middle-aged husband and father in the process of being downsized from his job as an advertising executive. He struggles with a gambling addiction while functioning as best friend to Mitch (a black coworker), a good husband to Julia (fresh back in the workplace as an executive in a publishing company), a dedicated father to a college-aged son, and a son and daughter in high school, a patient son to Rocco, who lives with the family and is slowly losing his memories.Add a mysterious death, a love story, corporate game-playing, and some local politics, all touched by a rich Italian-American heritage, and you have a book you won't want to put down. In addition to Johnny Panuzio's viewpoint, Del Vecchio also offers the reader a view from the murdered high school student (through publications of letters the young man had written), as well as from the views of his teen-aged son and his aging father. There are flashbacks from Johnny's childhood, as well as a running series of his own "final thoughts".A good, thick read that will make you think long after you've put it back on the shelf.
What more could happen to this family, this town?
Life in American Suburbia at the close of the 20th century... Complex, uncertain, disturbing.