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Christopher Castellani

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Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He lives in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country's leading independent creative writing centers. He is the author of three novels: All This Talk of Love (2013) -- a New York Times Editors' Choice -- A Kiss from Maddalena (2003)--winner of the Massachusetts Book Award -- and The Saint of Lost Things (2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book. His book of essays on the craft of fiction, The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, was published by Graywolf in 2016.

Christopher's fourth novel, Leading Men, for which he received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, will be published by Viking in February 2019.

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Leading Men

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A Kiss from Maddalena

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All This Talk of Love

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“She wishes them not luck or money; they will have both, as much as they want, or is necessary. Instead she wishes them fearlessness in all things: in love, yes, but also in work, in expectation, in the leap from the high rocks, in looking back, and in forgetting.”
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“But to forget completely is an insult. A dishonor to the people who loved you—”
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“she would indeed like to tell that kind of story, except that it requires a plot, “the absolute line between two points which [she’s] always despised. Not for literary reasons, but because it takes all hope away. Everyone, real or invented, deserves the open destiny of life.” What’s despicable about the absolute line between two points is its danger of becoming a single story. For Paley, there was no “defining” experience of women or Jews or New York or activists or the 1960s, or of one female Russian Jewish activist-writer in New York in 1965. There were stops and starts, inconsistencies, loyalties forged and broken, discordant voices. People made themselves up as they went along. In the meantime, there was daily life to endure.”
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