Where My Body Ends and the World Begins


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Allium Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

Tony Romano was born in San Salvatore Telesino, Italy, and moved to Chicago when he was eleven months old. His collection of short stories If You Eat, You Never Die (Harper, 2008), and his novel When the World was Young (Harper, 2007), were both finalists in the Society of Midland Authors awards in the Adult Fiction category. He is a two-time winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award. Both stories were produced for National Public Radio and syndicated to newspapers nationwide. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Sou'wester, Whetstone, and Italian Americana. In 2010, the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named him their Author of the Year. In 2011, he was a finalist for the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three daughters.


"By turns a detective story, a psychological thriller, and a meditation on grief and loss, Romano's sensitive tale explores the lasting effects of trauma on individuals, families, and entire communities." --Booklist (starred review)

"[An] engrossing, surprising, and psychologically astute novel...Romano is a masterful storyteller, unfolding a captivating and imaginative tale...The story expertly captures the texture and cadence of its Italian community...Characters are well drawn, distinct, and sympathetic...a gripping coming-of-age novel. It tells the unique story of one young man's tentative, halting attempts to understand loss, while also making a broader statement about the strength of community and family, and about the wounds we endure, especially those that may never completely heal." -- Foreword Reviews

"a melancholy psychological drama...a compelling and intimate story of surviving loss" --IndiePicks