Vincent Panella grew up in Queens and lives in Marlboro, Vermont. Three of his published books are the memoir The Other Side, the novel Cutter’s Island, and a short story collection called Lost Hearts.
The Other Side: Growing up Italian in America
The Other Side is Vincent Panella’s personal journey, from rejection of his family to a realization that he cannot escape or deny his origins.
The twenty-three stories in Lost Hearts comprise a rich and candid account of growing up and growing old in Sicily and America.
This is a revenge tale based on a little known event in the life of Julius Caesar. When he was twenty five, Caesar was captured by pirates and held on an island for forty days. Cutter’s Island is the story of Caesar’s liberation and revenge
Cutter's Island is a perfect flawless gem, without a false not anywhere. In prose as spare of Caesar's own, Mr. Panella makes surfaces reflect surfaces, with the sense of bottomless depths beneath. He packs more between the lines, and between chapters, than most writers deliver in books and books.
– Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire
Praise for Cutter’s Island
The First Glass
She was sitting in front of the TV, remote in hand, water, books, and pills on the side table. She lowered the sound when he came in and sat, his back hurting from the day's work.I don't think I'll be able to get up.You poor thing.Bent over a sink for the...read more
Reviewed by Laurette Folk Lost Hearts by Vincent Panella, Apollo’s Bow, 2010, 226 p. $15.95 Review by Laurette Folk I read with Vincent Panella back in December at IAM Books in the North End of Boston and bought his book. In all truth, I was not prepared for the...read more