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Like his three siblings, 32-year-old Alfredo Freddy Flowers Falconi has led two lives: the idyllic one before The Incident -- his mother's 1984 death -- and the complicated one afterward. He was just eight-years-old when his father abandoned the family, and nine when his oldest brother, Small Carm, covered up the circumstances of Rosa Falconi's demise to keep the family's ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Guernica Editions Inc
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Karen Kay
I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

Alfredo Freddy Flowers Falconi has led two lives: the idyllic one before The Incident -- his mother's 1984 death -- and the complicated one afterward.

The blurb is kind of misleading because I felt the family was not necessarily who or what the story was about, I struggled through this one. In my opinion, it could use more refining and editing.

2☆
Seema Rao
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Honest ~ Unvarnished ~ Nostalgic

tl:dr: Second-generation Italian kid grows up.

This book has the vibe of Allen's Radio Days or Stand by Me. Like both of those movies, the joy and innocence soon gives way to darker situations, as does this book. I picked up the book because I married into an Italian-American family. Certain elements of this book, such as the presence of Catholicism and the equivalence of food and love, felt familiar. Other parts, like the dark side of LeBlanc's family were not. T
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Cathy Geha
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Falconi’s Tractor by Dave LeBlanc

The blurb for the book pretty much sums up what you will find in this book. The narrator is Freddy and as he takes you through his family history it is much like reading diary entries of his memories and stories he has been told. The Falconi family dynamics are fractured in more ways than one and that any of the siblings come out semi-normal as adults is rather amazing. I have to admit I skimmed the book looking for parts I was most interested in. Driving a tract
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Kasa Cotugno
This is really more of a family history, and I found parts of it wore me down.
Jennifer
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I grew up in Toronto, ON - the landscape of this book. I love reading an amazing story about a geographical region I am familiar with. As the Granddaughter of Hungarian immigrants who moved to Toronto after the 1956 Revolution, the prolific community of Kensington Market around Spadina Avenue and College Street is so historically significant to the city's history that anyone reading will immediately be able to picture the store front of Falcon's Tractor. Alfredo Falconi, the youngest child of th ...more
solitaryfossil
This was an enjoyable read, and the author obviously loves the city of Toronto (a favorite of mine, also) - I especially liked the architectural descriptions and historical background of the city. Simple family life and family-owned business of the 1970’s and 80’s, growing up and the family dynamics were interesting. The writing style was easy and casual, and it often felt like I was listening to a new friend telling me about his family history. I liked that aspect.
But most families have hidden
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Lizbeth
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from Netgalley.com, the author and the publisher. Thanks to all for the opportunity to read and review.

Family relationships mold us and how we interact with others. Tragedies do the same. Family tragedies are even more profound and linger for years to come. That is Falconi's Tractor at it's heart. How do we move on when life will never be the same?

A good read, highly recommended.

4 out of 5 stars.
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