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Fante's bold style portrays a man facing the wilderness
on 23 October 2001
A successful screenwriter trapped in the gridlock of middle age. A quadraped visitor arrives and interupts the equilibrium. If this wasn't enough, the children who kept his difficult marriage going are set to flee the nest. Faced with an empty, monotonous future, what better time to think about escaping to Rome?
Fante's writing style is beautifully clipped, vividly descriptive and as Bukowski says, he writes like he's carving wood. It's writing with a stunning economy and a true inspiration to anyone wanting to write.