Set in Little Falls, New Jersey in 1993, PINS weaves the classic story of a Catholic saint into a compelling modern life -and near-death- account of Joey Nicci, a fifteen-year-old Italian-American wrestler.
After befriending Donald "Dink" Kohrs, Joey and his new posse get involved i...more
With that evocative first sentence, PINS takes us into the teenage life of a young New Jersey boy, the pressures and privileges of being a jock, and a gritty almost palpable immersion into the cult of wrestling.
While outwardly another "coming of age" story, PINS not only tells of homophobia, violence, repressed lust and complex family interactions. It also describes the sport of wrestling with an accuracy on a par with "Wrestlin ...more
"PINS" was a great read for me. The characte ...more
The plot is good, managing as it does to span numerous genres from coming-of-age, to sports, to coming out, to Americana, to bullying, and many other things that are touched on during the course of the book.
The story itself can be split into three parts, which says something about the pacing. There's the build up to a life changing event during which everything seems to be fine, the actual even ...more
It mostly felt like watching a movie through a frosted window or something. But it was a good movie with an important and positive message. A pe ...more
"A heartfelt and touching story, unwaveringly authentic and compelling. His characters wrestle with each other, vividly, and also with larger issues of sexuality, faith and family." Michael Lowenthal, The Same Embrace
“Fully captures the reader ... a descriptive writer of the Ernest Hemingway model; terse, stripped down, and to the point.” – Lambda Book Report
“Provenzano has a swift and flexible style that cuts against sentiment and reveals, in moments of grace, something like true feeling. He’s also funny. He has an ear for teenage
A journalist in LGBT media for three decades, and the guest curator of Sporting Life, the world' ...more
"Persistence, I suppose, and pure dumb luck."
"And a little magic."
"The magic of being needed by just one person.”