A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself

A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself

Goodfellas meets Thelma and Louise when an unlikely trio of women in New York find themselves banding together to escape the clutches of violent figures from their pasts.

After Brooklyn mob widow Rena Ruggiero hits her eighty-year-old neighbor Enzio in the head with an ashtray when he makes an unwanted move on her, she embarks on a bizarre adventure. Taking off in Enzio’s ’62 Impala, she retreats to the Bronx home of her estranged daughter, Adrienne, and her granddaughter, Lucia, only to be turned away by Adrienne at the door. Their neighbor, Lacey “Wolfie” Wolfstein, a one-time Golden Age porn star and retired Florida Suncoast grifter, takes Rena in and befriends her.

When Lucia discovers that Adrienne is planning to hit the road with her ex-boyfriend Richie, she figures Rena’s her only way out of a life on the run with a mother she can’t stand. But Richie has massacred a few members of the Brancaccio crime family for a big payday, and he drags even more trouble into the mix in the form of an unhinged enforcer named Crea. The stage is set for an explosion that will propel Rena, Wolfie, and Lucia down a strange path, each woman running from something and unsure what comes next.

A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself is a screwball noir about finding friendship and family where you least expect it, in which William Boyle again draws readers into the familiar—and sometimes frightening—world in the shadows at the edges of New York’s neighborhoods.

Title:A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself
ISBN:9781643130583

    A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself Reviews

  • Kemper

    I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.A mob widow, her granddaughter, and a retired porn star go on the run with two bags of cash and a hammer wielding psychopath hot on their trail...

  • Diane S ?

    Inside this Soprano style, Thelma and Louise vibed book one finds a motley crew of characters. We have an elderly man who gets beaned because he tries to get a little nookie from the wrong person. A m...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/4.5 StarsThis book is a prime example of the importance of Goodreads’ friends whose ratings you can trust. There is ZERO chance I would h...

  • Dave

    Noir that's straight outta Brooklyn. Intense, gripping, funny, suspenseful, with a plot that just rockets ahead. Sometimes you know it's a great one right from the start and that's certainly the case ...

  • Richard

    William Boyle's latest book might also be his most accessible, with a tone that's pretty different from his two previous novels. While it's set mostly in the same outskirts of Brooklyn where the other...

  • SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*

    Loved the characters,loved the storytelling and I want a sequel with Mo and Wolfie !!...

  • Melissa

    "'You hearing this? You're not laughing? Enzio wakes up with a boner, covered in blood. Old broad bopped him one with an ashtray. That'll teach you about consent.'"William Boyle has written yet anothe...

  • Thebooktrail

    Visit the locations in the novelIf there’s not a genre of fiction called Brooklyn Noir then there should be as this is the title read. There’s not many books you can spend time with lovable rogues...

  • Dave Newman

    William Boyle writes novels the way desperate people fire guns—like a bullet is their only chance to survive. All his characters pop and sing. They are damaged and somehow filled with hope. They are...

  • Max III

    MEN ARE TRASH...