On August 15, 1953, the day of a tumultuous street carnival in Elephant Park, Ohio, the baker Rocco LaGrassa receives a devastating piece of news: his son has died in a POW camp in Korea. Rocco's dogged life is transformed.
This unforgettable debut novel follows Rocco, an elderly abortionist, an enigmatic drapery seamstress, a teenage boy and a jeweller deep into the heart of a crime that will twist all of their lives.
A National Book Award Finalist.
Salvatore Scibona's first book, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award; and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, and the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional Writing. He was awarded a 2009 Whiting Writers' Award.
In 2010, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and was included in the New Yorker's '20 Under 40' list of writers to watch.
"Scibona loves language and recognizes the power of using the right word. He seems better educated than most American writers, with a strong vocabulary and rich ideas that urge him to build complex sentences.... To the reader's enrichment, The End is an outstanding work in all the right ways"
Guardian - Annie Proulx
"Scibona is a gutsy, heart-and-soul writer, unafraid of emotion and ready to take risks"
Herald - Rosemary Goring
"It may have taken a while for Scibona to get to this side of the Atlantic, but The End suggests this is the beginning of a fascinating career from an important new American voice"
Daily Telegraph - Stuart Evers
"This is an extraordinary novel about the experience of immigration; unsentimental and beautifully written"
Times - Kate Saunders
"Its moments of sharply realised emotional pull and gentle beauty reel you in"