A masterpiece! Came accross Fante by chance and like all chance encounters the experience was to be savoured and hopefully relived in each of his books. His talent for subtle and yet intense discription is almost unrivaled. He creates a seedy yet humble atmosphere in all of his characters and places and evokes a yearning to be inside the book and amongst the dust as it were. His humanity is heart warming and his understanding of emotional pain is nothing short of genius. Glad to know you Fante.