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Saying Uncle

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Andy DeMarco and his little sister Angela worshiped their Uncle Paulie. To them, he was a god, an enigmatic savior, the man who took the place of their absent father, who protected them and their mother, and who taught them about the true nature of life and family. But one horrible summer day something unspeakable happened to little Angela, and everyone’s world changed for ...more
ebook, 188 pages
Published March 24th 2011 by Darkside Digital
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At less than 200 pages, Saying Uncle is a short story and a fast, gripping read. Andy DeMarco is a young man who returns home after many years to bury the uncle who was like a father to him. Uncle Paulie tried to do well by his family, but he was a man with dark secrets.

This is an intense and powerful coming-of-age story that explores family relationships, friendship, grief, loss, and the scars left by a brutal crime that happened in the past. It was dark, violent, hear
Oct 26, 2012 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Greg Gifune is a wonderful writer.
This is why it pains me to write a lukewarm review of one of his works.

This is a short (180-ish pages), story about Andy, our protagonist, his Uncle Paul, and what happened to Andy's sister when they were kids.
Gifune follows a good structure where each chapter splits between present day, and back to the events as they unfolded years ago.

There is much philosophical and theological musing, and I do love that when it's presented in an engaging manner, as it is here
Robert Dunbar
Jul 24, 2013 Robert Dunbar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an utterly brilliant book. More noir suspense than horror -- but with distinct undertones. Yet with so much heart and such depth of feeling (and written with such eloquence) that it transcends all genre expectations.

This is a true work of literature, a gift to the discriminating reader. People are always saying that some "crime writer" gets the underworld just right or that another one really describes it perfectly. Gifune gives you the reality ... illuminated by genius. Isn't that what
Apr 02, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
For a short novel, this had a lot to say in how we come to grip with a tragedy in the family. How each deal with it, how some have a hard time with closure. The secrets of an Uncle, more like a father to two small kids, after their father left them. The nightmares of revenge, to facing your best friend as a kid, who feels you abandoned dealing with the tragic event, that brings them all together again..A very well written haunting tale of grief, loyalty, and the dark side of family.
Aug 28, 2014 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Saying Uncle" is the first Gifune book that I have read that is not horror. It is a coming of age story that runs parallel to the story of the protagonist as an adult coming to terms with the tragedy that shattered his childhood and altered the lifelong relationships that he cherished.

A very powerful story.

Dave Thomas
Aug 28, 2015 Dave Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lean, mean, and gripping suspense novel expertly crafted in an emotionally gripping tale told through the present and the past. A slight departure from Gifune's "horror" fiction, although one could make the case that it's even darker due its understated but prevalent true-life traumas its characters stare down for years, all of which begin with a single tragic event. SAYING UNCLE is more than a coming-of-age piece, more than a mobster story, more than a study of the spiritual and existential d ...more
Nov 24, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, festa
Nachdem ich „Blutiges Frühjahr“ und „Die Einsamkeit des Todbringers“ gelesen und geliebt habe, kam ich auch um „Sag Onkel“ keineswegs herum.
Greg F. Gifune ist sofort nach seinem ersten in Deutschland veröffentlichten Buch für mich ein besonderer Autor geworden, bei dem mir klar war, dass ich jedes Buch von ihm lesen will und werde.

Kleinstadtabenteuer scheinen Gifunes Vorliebe und Spezialität zu sein, denn auch „Sag Onkel“ lebt von den schrecklichen Geschehnissen „beim Nachbarn nebenan“. Seine G
Trev Twinem
Oct 02, 2013 Trev Twinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best coming of age novels I have read. Once again beautiful soulful writing by Gifune "I was fifteen when everything changed. The events that summer helped shape me as a human being and define me as an adult, but also tore a wound through the heart of our family that would never completely heal. For any of us." Andrew Demarco lives with his mum, sister Angela and Uncle Paulie and one summer an event occurred that altered everything that came after. This is a story about good and evil ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Rioronin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SIMPLY amazing!

This was just an an amazing story, with characters so real and true. This is one that will stay with me for a long time. Rarely, have I been so moved by the emotion of characters in a book. Very highly recommended and I plan on reading every other book by Mr Gifune,that I can get my hands on!
May 21, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be my favorite Greg Gifune novel. Forgoing the supernatural this time, this is a crime/coming-of-age story that cycles across 20 years. Please read this if you missed it before like I did.
Oct 31, 2012 Gatorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific effort from Gifune, this story of familial bonds and secrets holds interest from beginning to end. Gifune knows how to tell a story and once again explores the concepts of good and evil with a deft touch. This is an author well worth checking out. Highly recommended.
T. Frohock
Nov 22, 2010 T. Frohock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gifune’s prose is lyrical and moving from beginning to end. He masterfully guides the reader through a family's grief over an act from the past, and one man's quest to find the truth. Gifune shows the ripple effect of violence and how there is never just one victim. Beautifully done.
Simon Deimel
I found this to be rather a character study than a thriller, furthermore a contemplation about arbitrary law. In the end I was a bit disappointed. Nevertheless this book can surely make you think.
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Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, Greg F. Gifune is the author of numerous short stories, several novels and two short story collections. His work has been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies all over the world, and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include The Bleeding Season, D ...more
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