Review of Narrows Gate by Jim Fusilli
Narrows Gate by Jim Fusilli is compelling and unique. Unique in that it is based on real people and occurrences, but fictionalized. It’s the story of the rise of the Italian mobs, the life of a gifted and popular singer and how they are intermingled. For the younger reader, this might merely be an exciting read. For someone more mature who lived during the time period of this book, it’s fascinating to follow along and see where fiction deviates from history. A masterful writer, Fusilli has created a story with all the flavor and nuances of the times and places the intriguing characters are moving through.
That's the review I put on Amazon and I'd like to add a bit more. Though the mob plays a big part in this tale, one of the major characters is a singer very much based upon Frank Sinatra. Of course there are many differences, but having lived during that era it was easy to recognize what was true and what was fiction--and for me it added to the fun of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Narrows Gate and recommend it.
Marilyn Meredith, author of Bears With Us.
I received the book from Amazon Encore and wasn't paid for my review.