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Local book event: 'Small Mercies' by Eddie Joyce

This novel examines Staten Island in a post-9/11 New York, with a powerful narrative revolving around one family, coping with loss.
Small Mercies

"Small Mercies" comes out March 10.

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"Small Mercies" may be Eddie Joyce's first novel, but it has book reviewers and Pulizer Prize-winning authors paying attention. The story centers around an Italian Irish-American family living on Staten Island, each family member dealing with the death of the family's youngest son in various ways.

Ten years have passed since Bobby Amendola died as a firefighter responding to the 9/11 attacks, but the wound has scabbed differently for each family member, including his widow and two brothers. This is a book about learning how to accept grief and finding a way to move on, which can be done in a myriad of ways.

Reading event with Eddie Joyce:

New York City
March 10, 7 p.m.
Book Court
163 Court St., Brooklyn
718-875-3677
www.bookcourt.com

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March 11, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
2245 Richmond Ave., Staten Island
718-982-6983
store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2021

Boston
March 18, 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
617-566-6660
www.brooklinebooksmith.com

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