"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

March 11, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
2245 Richmond Ave., Staten Island

March 18, 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.

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