A Safe Place
The True Story of a Father, a Son, a Murder
By (author) Lorenzo Carcaterra
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Safe Place by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Book Description'IT'S TIME YOU KNEW THE TRUTH, ' 'ABOUT YOUR FATHER. ' 'WHAT ABOUT HIM?' 'HIS FIRST WIFE, ' SHE SAID. 'SHE DIDN'T DIE OF CANCER. ' 'HOW DID SHE DIE?' 'HE MURDERED HER. ' At the age of fourteen Lorenzo Carcaterra made a shocking discovery. Behind closed doors he and his mother survived the erratic, violent outbursts of his father. A powerful man, he tempered his rage with affection. To a young boy he was a man to both love and fear. Until Lorenzo learned a shattering fact that forever changed his life. His father was a murderer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099257073
(198mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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US Kirkus Review » Encouraged by the enthusiastic response to his article in Life magazine (May 1991) on growing up with a murderously violent father, Carcaterra, a former New York Daily News reporter, has now expanded the piece to book-length - and, alas, transformed what was a powerful and moving examination of the psychological and physical coats of family abuse into a diffuse and frequently confusing account. Raised in N.Y.C.'s brawling Hell's Kitchen during the 1950's and 60's, Carcaterra was the only son of a ne'er-do-well Italian father and his second wife, a widow the elder Carcaterra met, courted, and married during a trip to the Mediterranean island of Ischia. Back in the States, the author's father proved to be a bully and a blowhard. Under the thumb of his troublemaking mother, physically abusive to his wife, his mind filled with get-rich-quick schemes, he was constantly in debt. It was only Carcaterra's religious mother who, despite beatings and occasional desertions, kept the small family together. At 14, while on holiday in Ischia, Carcaterra was informed by his mother that his father had murdered his first wife and served time in New York's Comstock Correctional Facility. Torn between love for and fear of his father, the boy became obsessed with learning the details of the killing - and obsessed with his own future, fearing that, when it became time to marry and raise a family, he might manifest his father's pathological brutality. But Carcaterra never makes clear here how he was able to resolve his feelings for his father; for all the objective detailing in the narrative, there's scant discussion of the subjective shifts of emotion that would explain the author's journey toward understanding and forgiveness. Carcaterra has a strong story to tell, but he's told it best before. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Lorenzo Carcaterra
Lorenzo Carcaterra was born in New York where he still lives. He was a reporter on the New York Daily News before he wrote A Safe Place. His second book, Sleepers, became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.
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