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There Is No End to This Slope

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  12 reviews
He writes letters to a dead girl—John Lenza, an aspiring writer from Brooklyn, New York, hasn’t written a novel, a play, or any other potentially publishable project. His obsession with his part in the death of his best friend Stephanie in high school, is a metaphorical brick wall—blocking him from a fulfilling life. Lenza’s struggles to reconcile his guilt from the past a ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 257 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Wampus Multimedia (first published March 16th 2014)
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May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love a book that plunks you down in a very specific place with some very specific characters. We're in Brooklyn, and our sad-sack narrator is a frustrated writer with a tragic secret from his childhood. How sad a sack is he? He sells textbooks, people: nothing more need be said. I also love books that have a mystery thread that's both satisfying (we get the resolution, and it's delivered perfectly at a surprising moment) and a bit of a MacGuffin (the mystery plays a role, but it's not really w ...more
Xian Xian
Here's a book I won in a giveaway from TNBBC, thank you Lori! I found out about this book awhile before the giveaway started, I'm not even sure where I found out about it. I found it interesting though, it was a book that was right up my alley and then poof, there was a giveaway one day.

The book isn't too long but the font was super tiny, making it a long read. It was enjoyable, it has everything that makes a contemporary book enjoyable. A cast of characters with a variety of personalities, humo
Tim Young
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I do not love John Lenza, the protagonist, because as the title suggests he never stops his downward slide. He's the kind of guy who never gives himself a break, nor can he accept the favor from someone else. He carries around quite a heavy load and has never learned or perhaps more likely refuses to learn how to give it up.
The weight he hauls around with him even though originally based in love has turned into something not very lovely at all. It seeps and penetrates his thou
Deanna Bihlmayer
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. John Lenza could be any one who is in a dead end job, with a dead end life. By making little or no choices, he is making choices on what is in store for him throughout the book. I truly enjoyed the "real" feel of the characters and the scenario. It was like I was there sitting on the stoop across the street, watching John's pathetic life unfold before me.

Well worth picking up and reading, I look forward to more novels by Richard Fulco in the future!

I did receive this
Elford Alley
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A funny, tragic tale following the world's most unreliable narrator, John Lenza. Through his eyes and conversation with friends and some family, we tease out the truth of his life, which makes for a captivating read. I highly recommend this novel to anyone with a love of doomed protagonists who find themselves caught in absurd situations.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, kept my attention and I was always anxious to read more. This is why I gave it five stars.
I have read reviews where readers have said they do not like the main character, John Lenza. He's a good guy though who just has a tremendous amount of internal guilt from a childhood tragedy.
The guilt is something he can't overcome and his adult life is a mess. John has an assortment of entertaining and interesting friends, each with their own stories.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I shouldn't be writing that this is a fun book to read, considering John's struggle through breakups, bad decisions, unhappy friendships, and a lousy job, but it is fun, if the type of fun that makes one wince while reading, wanting to know what's next on the character's horizon. I liked Richard Fulco's ability to draw the main character as flawed but loveable, relatable and yet exacerbating. I found myself at once rooting for John and wanting to smack him in the face, so real he was to me, as i ...more
Elena Melman
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great job, Richard Fulco! Richard Fulco
John/Gianni felt like a skinny Italian Ignatius J. Reilly. A lovable loser from the outer boroughs, when Brooklyn was still considered an outer borough. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable.
Alma Q
3.5 stars

Giveaway copy provided by TNBBC book club and publisher for an author/reader discussion.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great debut novel. Loved it. More!
Guruprasad Jambaulikar
I receive TINETTS as an author giveaway for discussion here on goodreads. I liked the way the book started with John Lenza introducing us to his life. That also took it downhill for me with each passing page. John Lenza is a doomed protagonist, and it just keeps getting more and more evident exactly how doomed as you read on. The book is named quite aptly, but I honestly did not understand why I would want to read about and potentially celebrate John as a protagonist in any capacity. Maybe I was ...more
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Richard received an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. His plays have been either presented or developed at The New York International Fringe Festival, The Playwrights’ Center, The Flea, Here Arts Center, Chicago Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild. His stories, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Failbetter, Front Porch, Bound Off, The Rusty Toque, Full of Crow, Nth ...more