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Paradise Salvage | [John Fusco]

Paradise Salvage

In his tantalizing debut novel, Paradise Salvage, at once a taut thriller and a lyrical coming-of-age story, John Fusco marvelously traces the unforgettable trajectory of 12-year-old Nunzio Paradiso's last summer of innocence.
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Publisher's Summary

In his tantalizing debut novel, Paradise Salvage, at once a taut thriller and a lyrical coming-of-age story, John Fusco marvelously traces the unforgettable trajectory of 12-year-old Nunzio Paradiso's last summer of innocence.

Each new wreck towed into Paradise Salvage is a desultory gift from Fortune, a random opportunity for discovery. Sometimes it's a handful of loose change under the upholstery or an old copy of Vue magazine with a Betty Page centerfold under the front seat. But on a hot summer day in 1979, in the trunk of an abandoned Pontiac Bonneville, Nunzio uncovers a secret that will change his life.

In the blink of an eye, all evidence is lost to the crusher, and only his older brother Danny Boy believes Nunzio's story. Enlisting the help of his father's renegade cousin, an ex-cop with a dark history of his own, they embark on a bizarre and dangerous journey that proves to be as much one of personal discovery as an unraveling of the mystery behind the corpse at Paradise Salvage.

A story of innocence lost and justice found, of ambition frustrated and dreams realized, and the difference between generations of a family struggling to reconcile the traditions of the past with the demands of the present, Paradise Salvage glows with heart and marks the debut of a gifted storyteller.

©2002 John Fusco; (P)Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The story...brims with suspense, adventure, and Italian-American culture." (AudioFile)

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    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 05-01-05
    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 05-01-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Who thought junk could be so endearing?!"

    Hard to call a book with "salvage" in the title sweet, but this book is just that. It is a summer in the life of a twelve year old boy, his first spent working in the family business, and a coming of age tale to be sure. It could be set in any of thousands of communities, so can speak to many kinds and ages of people. Odd ball characters who do the strangest and funniest things, relatives you'll both know and wish you could have dinner with on Sundays, and a lovely growth in the relationship between two brothers. This is NO junkyard book. A recommended read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Salinas, CA, United States 04-19-05
    Sandra Salinas, CA, United States 04-19-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Paradise Salvage"

    This book was a wonderful story and I did not want it to end, but the ending was complete and satisfying. My only complaint was that the narrator did not have a Scottish brogue, but rather an Irish brogue. My Mother is Scottish and the wrong brogue was distracting to me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Magpie Wyoming USA 10-29-07
    Magpie Wyoming USA 10-29-07 Member Since 2001
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    "A Pleasant Surprise"

    I took a chance on this title because it was on sale. I truly enjoyed this tale that is so different from the types of books I usually listen to. The story was engaging and often funny, you really felt for the characters. It was well narrarated and well worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney Spring, TX, USA 04-19-05
    Rodney Spring, TX, USA 04-19-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great book.

    I don't want to say too much because it's an enjoyable story and I didn't have a clue when I took a chance on it and I think that's the best way with this book.

    I really liked this book. I don't know if just resonated with my personal history, (I grew up on the upper east coast near a salvage yard) or if it was the time period,(set in the past approx 20 years)or what but the story really clicked. The author got it exactly right.

    This is my first 5 star rating.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Norman Park, GA, United States 11-16-11
    Oliver Norman Park, GA, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Great book"

    Really a well told story. One of my favorites! I would recommend it. I loved the narrator, he did such a wonderful job.

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    Gina allen, TX, United States 08-21-07
    Gina allen, TX, United States 08-21-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyed this story!"

    Loved the characters in the story, very interesting and amusing. Had my ipod on every chance I got and was sorry when it ended, I wanted more of the Paradiso family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Omaha, NE, USA 07-06-07
    Christina Omaha, NE, USA 07-06-07
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    "very entertaining!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator enriched the story with his use of accents. Highly recommend it.

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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 05-09-07
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 05-09-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A must listen"

    Psychologists that study laughing generally assert that laughing is a response to social situations. This means that normally people only laugh when they are around other people. So if an audiobook can make you laugh out loud whilst you listen to it by yourself there is something truly humorous in its content. Some of the anecdotes in this book had me laughing out loud. I hope you find it as hilarious as I did. This is why the book is a must listen. It is also a good coming of age story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 11-16-05
    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 11-16-05
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    "Hey! I know these people!"

    You'll feel like you've lived next door to this family for years. The characters are real and knowable. A-plus for character development.

    The story-line is a little less great. Kind of predictable, not completely suspension-of-disbelief-able, but not too terrible. Just okay. But the characters make it worth it. I believe this is a new author (though I could be wrong) and look forward to seeing more from him as his storytelling skills grow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    reggie p PA 10-11-05
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    "enjoyable story"

    This was a clever story that was well read and enjoyable. There were some zanny characters that make you smile and enough suspense to hold your interest. I think it would be especially appealing to anyone with some Italian in their blood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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