We all have our “where I was when I first started reading” The Godfather stories. Mine involved 1972 and being a senior in high school who could not catch a break. I got caught reading the book instead of following the algebra class. Trust me I am living proof that certain people cannot do math but can go on to be great readers.
The Godfather completely enraptured me and the movie scared the crap out of me in every level. While I do love the movie it really does not do justice to the numerous intricate stories that are being told and need to be followed. When I heard that Ed Falco was adapting his own book I could not wait and am thrilled to have been asked again to not do math and read a great work of literature.
A little extra read for thought…Ed Falco's latest book is The Family Corleone, a novel based on material excerpted from screenplays by Mario Puzo. His most recent short story collection is Burning Man (SMU, 2011). His previous short story collections are Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories (Unbridled Books, 2005), Acid (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996), and Plato at Scratch Daniel's and Other Stories (University of Arkansas Press, 1990). He is also the author of four novels: Saint John of the Five Boroughs (Unbridled Books, 2009), Wolf Point (Unbridled Books, 2005), A Dream with Demons (Eastgate Systems, 1997), and Winter in Florida (Soho, 1990), as well as a collection of literary and experimental short fictions, In the Park of Culture (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005), and a collection of hypertext short fictions, Sea Island (Eastgate Systems, 1995). Ed's plays--The Center, Possum Dreams, Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha, and others--have mostly been produced and read in and around Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is the director of Virginia Tech's MFA program, and he edits The New River, an online journal of new media writing.
I have one hardcover copy of The Family Corleone by Ed Falco that I received from Grand Central Publishing. Now it is time to let someone else enjoy it and I am going to provide my copy to one lucky winner. To be eligible to win please leave a comment on “who?”. The contest will remain open for two weeks to give the winner time to claim their prize. The winner for this book will be posted on Sunday – June 17th. My contest rules stipulate that you must come back to see if you have won and then email me with your address.
Being a fan of the positive and celebrating my every day Little Victories I have often times drawn from Claude Monet’s attitude. He was moved by what he saw and painted what he loved never letting the critics deter him from his innovative style. Life may knock you around but look for the one shining moment in the day and celebrate that Little Victory.