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.
Sicilian Dreams, a novel of immigration set in 1907, will be published by Bordighera Press next fall.
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
In 1907 Santo Regina immigrates after becoming disillusioned with an unsuccessful land reform movement incited by Vito Cascio Ferro, a figure historians describe as rabble rouser, bandit, and a member of the Black Hand – precursors to the Mafia. Once in America Santo becomes entangled with Cascio Ferro and his arch rival, Detective Joseph Petrosino of New York’s famous Italian Squad, hired to root out the Black Hand, whose victims are mostly Italian immigrants.
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
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
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