Paradise Salvage

  • by John Fusco
  • Narrated by Brian Emerson
  • 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his tantalizing debut novel, Paradise Salvage, at once a taut thriller and a lyrical coming-of-age story, John Fusco marvelously traces the unforgettable trajectory of 12-year-old Nunzio Paradiso's last summer of innocence. Each new wreck towed into Paradise Salvage is a desultory gift from Fortune, a random opportunity for discovery. Sometimes it's a handful of loose change under the upholstery or an old copy of Vue magazine with a Betty Page centerfold under the front seat. But on a hot summer day in 1979, in the trunk of an abandoned Pontiac Bonneville, Nunzio uncovers a secret that will change his life.
In the blink of an eye, all evidence is lost to the crusher, and only his older brother Danny Boy believes Nunzio's story. Enlisting the help of his father's renegade cousin, an ex-cop with a dark history of his own, they embark on a bizarre and dangerous journey that proves to be as much one of personal discovery as an unraveling of the mystery behind the corpse at Paradise Salvage.
A story of innocence lost and justice found, of ambition frustrated and dreams realized, and the difference between generations of a family struggling to reconcile the traditions of the past with the demands of the present, Paradise Salvage glows with heart and marks the debut of a gifted storyteller.


What the Critics Say

"The story...brims with suspense, adventure, and Italian-American culture." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Who thought junk could be so endearing?!

Hard to call a book with "salvage" in the title sweet, but this book is just that. It is a summer in the life of a twelve year old boy, his first spent working in the family business, and a coming of age tale to be sure. It could be set in any of thousands of communities, so can speak to many kinds and ages of people. Odd ball characters who do the strangest and funniest things, relatives you'll both know and wish you could have dinner with on Sundays, and a lovely growth in the relationship between two brothers. This is NO junkyard book. A recommended read.
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- Pamela

Paradise Salvage

This book was a wonderful story and I did not want it to end, but the ending was complete and satisfying. My only complaint was that the narrator did not have a Scottish brogue, but rather an Irish brogue. My Mother is Scottish and the wrong brogue was distracting to me.
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- Sandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.