20 February 2013

Fingerless Gloves by Nick Orsini Review

Tonight will be the most difficult night in 25-year-old Anton Duchamp’s life.

When his best friend James Squire is mysteriously rushed to hospital, Anton begins a night-long journey that takes him from shady, marijuana-smoke-filled apartments to ex-girlfriends’ bedrooms, and eventually back to his childhood home.

As the night unfolds, so do new revelations about Anton’s recreational drug use and his past failures. And as Friday night drags into Saturday morning, he learns of James’s deteriorating health. In a universe that has seemingly left him without a specific function, it takes a single night for Anton to realize that no one will ever hand him a meaning or a purpose.

Fingerless Gloves by Nick Orsini, which won the Fiction Fast-Track prize for new writing, is a story about best friends and the mistakes we never knew we were making. It is a story about remembering – by any means necessary. 

About this author

Hi. I'm Nick. I wrote my senior thesis paper on Blade Runner, then I finished college, then I had a mental breakdown. I live for small dogs with short legs, good sneakers, flannel, pop punk, YouTube videos played at half-speed. I love my sister because she talks smack, my parents because they're parent-cool, and my friends because they know that sometimes, if you laugh hard enough, you can pass fried rice out of your nostrils.

I write books and poems, but mostly stories ...stories about kids doing kid things and learning something, maybe nothing, along the way. I believe in the Church of Diamond Dallas Page and now vow to attend every Comic Con on the east coast.

My Thoughts
Fingerless Gloves by Nick Orsini tells the story of a young man, Anton and his friend James, who have been friends for many years. In the beginning we learn that James has died of a brain aneurysm. As the story goes on we learn more about these two young men and how they met and their escapades through school and college. We meet the girlfriends, the parties they went to, the pot they smoked and the alcohol they consumed. Written in a style that keeps the reader wondering what happens next. The story starts with James dying and ends with James dying, but what comes in between is a madcap adventure of two young men who have what a lot of people want...genuine friendship. I enjoyed reading this book!!

I received a copy of the book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.

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