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1933 Was a Bad Year.

Fante, John.

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ISBN 10: 0876856563 / ISBN 13: 9780876856567
Published by Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa, 1985
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A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine acetate dust jacket. Th1/176 numbered copies. 1933 Was a Bad Year is a posthumously published novel by John Fante, who died in 1983. "1933" tells the story of Dominic Molise, a 17-year old Italian-American living in Colorado. While his father, an out-of-work bricklayer, seeks to alleviate the family's poverty by earning money at the pool tables, Dominic dreams of becoming a successful baseball player. "1933" is a superb slice of American life; both funny and sad. The book is full of vivid characters and memorable scenes and offers a pungent taste of the Italian-American experience as it explores such issues as the gulf between immigrant parents and their American-born children. Bookseller Inventory # 24817

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Title: 1933 Was a Bad Year.

Publisher: Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Edition: Limited Edition.

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Trapped in a small, poverty-ridden town in 1933, under pressure from his father to go into the family business, seventeen-year-old Dominic Molise yearns to fulfill his own dreams.

About the Author:

John Fante began writing in 1929 and published his first short story in 1932. His first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, was published in 1938 and was the first of his Arturo Bandini series of novels, which also include The Road to Los Angeles and Ask the Dust. A prolific screenwriter, he was stricken with diabetes in 1955. Complications from the disease brought about his blindness in 1978 and, within two years, the amputation of both legs. He continued to write by dictation to his wife, Joyce, and published Dreams from Bunker Hill, the final installment of the Arturo Bandini series, in 1982. He died on May 8, 1983, at the age of seventy-four.

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