BkMk Press Books

Logic of a Rose, The

Chicago Stories

by Lombardo, Billy

Price: $15.95, 148 pages

ISBN: 9781886157507, 2005

 

Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Gladys Swan

Finalist, Society of Midland Authors Prize

 

These moving yet unsentimental stories recount scenes in the coming of age of Petey Bellapani, from age eight to adolescence, growing up in the Italian Catholic ethnic neighborhood of Bridgeport in Chicago. The scenes form powerful images of urban youth: A fire burns Petey’s home above a bakery. A neighborhood softball game takes an unexpected turn. And first love blooms next door and at the laundromat. The Logic of a Rose won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Gladys Swan.

 
 

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Every male writer writing about growing up in Chicago, from John McNally to Adam Langer, does so in the shadow of Stuart Dybek, the celebrated author of I Sailed with Magellan (2003). Happily, first-time author Lombardo manages to be inspired by Dybek while refining his own voice in this sweetly soulful coming-of-age short story collection. Preternaturally observant, young Petey lives in an Italian enclave in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood in the early 1970s. This is a working-class world, and Lombardo lovingly describes everything from how to mop a floor to how to fill a cannoli, but he is also aware of nature's power, the source of his stories' vivid metaphors and exaltation. As Petey's family struggles to survive and he heads into adolescence and learns how to navigate his home turf, Lombardo gets everything right, from a sensitive boy's struggle to say and do the right thing in delicate situations to Chicago's impossible weather, as he celebrates the marvels of boyhood and everyday life. Donna Seaman
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Review

The Logic of a Rose...shows that the Chicago literary tradition continues to grow in fruitful new directions. -- Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2005

Lombardo lived here and turned his Bridgeport [neighborhood] into the stuff of lyrical, lovely art. -- Chicago Sun-Times, July 24, 2005

 

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