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The Boys From Eighth and Carpenter

A Novel

The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter is a heartfelt story of two loving brothers as well as a compelling crime drama all set in the changing city of Philadelphia. Tom Mendicino is a supremely gifted writer with an eye for the most telling of details. I loved this novel!”
—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author
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INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Silver Award Winner

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Lambda Literary Award Finalist Gay Mystery

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INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist

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Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist

Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention (General Fiction)

2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist (General Fiction)

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2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Regional Fiction - Mid-Atlantic category Gold Medal Winner

S. Gagliano & Son has been a barber shop fixture in South Philly for decades. Frankie and Michael Gagliano’s Italian immigrant father—Luigi to his customers, Papa to his sons—presides over the store, enlisting his children as soon as they’re big enough to wield a broom. On their mother’s deathbed, eight-year-old Frankie swears that he and his little brother will always take care of each other, a vow he endeavors to keep through their father’s violent outbursts and the string of wives who try to take their mother’s place. After their father’s death, Frankie takes over the shop, transforming it to fit in with the gentrifying neighborhood. Michael becomes a successful prosecutor with a rising political career, still close to his big brother despite the differences between them. Then comes an unthinkable, impulsive act that will force Michael to choose between risking his comfortable life and keeping a sacred oath—made before he knew how powerful a promise can be.
The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter is a stunning evocation of working-class Italian-American life—a story of brotherhood, loyalty, and the contradictory, unpredictable nature of family love.

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Outstanding Praise For The Boys From Eighth And Carpenter

"At the heart of this capacious and suspenseful novel is the bond between two very different brothers, but its larger context is the Italian-American family: its values, loyalties and responsibilities. Tom Mendicino writes with honesty and compassion, and the reader can't help but root for his endearing characters."
-Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love

The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter has been recognized as a finalist in the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award in General Fiction, as well as a winner of the Independent Publisher IPPY Book Award Gold Medal in Regional Fiction and the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Silver Medal.

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