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City of Margins

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In City of Margins, the lives of several lost souls intersect in Southern Brooklyn in the early 1990s. Theres Donnie Parascandolo, a disgraced ex-cop with blood on his hands; Ava Bifulco, a widow whose daily work grind is her whole life; Nick, Avas son, a grubby high school teacher who dreams of a shortcut to success; Mikey Baldini, a college dropout whos returned to the ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Pegasus Books
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Elyse  Walters
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh .....this book was **GOOD**! I thoroughly enjoyed it....set in Brooklyn,
between 1992 - 1994.
It was dark...
It was gruesome...
It was funny...
It was heartfelt...
It was GREAT - ( hanging on to every word great), STORYTELLING!

City of Margins is linked, enmeshed, and intertwined storiesthe complementary chapters include a varied-vivid-cast of sad-sacks and sinister characters. The characters feel real....( definitely memorable). I cared deeply for them.

Donnie Parascandolo, was a cop until he was
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free advance copy of this for review.

Back in the 90s Donnie Parascandolo was a disgraced ex-cooooooppppppp.

I offer my sincere apologies to Bojack Horseman, Grouplove, and William Boyle for that one.

Starting over.... In a Brooklyn neighborhood during the 90s a group of people impact each other in various ways. Donnie was a dirty cop whose son committed suicide, and his wife Donna left him in the aftermath. As part of his grieving process Donnie once hit Mikey Baldini with a baseball
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first page of City of Margins, you know you've found something special. Well, to be honest, you've struck a huge vein of gold. Boyle offers us a gritty Brooklyn crime fiction set in the nineties but somehow echoing books and movies set in earlier eras.

You've got the dirty corrupt cops, including one so twisted they kicked him off the force, Donnie. And Donnie, like any great Noir character, has only just begun to travel through the circles of hell. His marriage didn't survive his
Kasa Cotugno
We enter the pre-gentrified Brooklyn, the Brooklyn of the early '90's, with a bang. Boyle manages to keep all his characters visible by giving them each a point of view and history, however the book is really plot-driven more than by character, but the intertwining lives of these people keeps the pages turning however improbable the connections.
Mary Lins
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: complete
City of Margins, by William Boyle, is immediately action packed, HOWEVER, in between the action scenes there is a lot of mundane description like how someone makes a pot of coffee that seemed unnecessary to me, unless its stage direction and Boyle is REALLY (I suspect) writing a screenplay here.

Youll need to have a high tolerance for violence for this novel/(future film). I guess it can be considered in the crime/gangster/noir genres, but to my mind it is at its best as a set of
Maine Colonial
I received a free advance reviewing copy.

I loved Boyles A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, so I was enthusiastic about reading this. This is a very different book, as it turns out. I considered quitting it halfway through, but I thought I should give Boyle the benefit of the doubt, so I read to the end. Around the last quarter to a third of the book the connections between the many characters came together in an action-packed and inevitable-feeling way, but it was an awfully long time to
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another doozy by Boyle. When you set aside everything you had been planning to read and dig into this instead, reading in a heat and maybe sort of skipping ahead in a chapter to make sure that certain characters are going to be okay despite the fact that someone's just shown up at their house with a gun.
Bonnie Brody
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
South Brooklyn in 1992 is not the Brooklyn of today; far from it. Today's Brooklyn is the 'new Manhattan'. South Brooklyn in 1992 is an Italian neighborhood, primarily lower middle class, and everyone is likely to be just one or two degrees of separation from others in the neighborhood and the Italian mob. The neighborhood picture isn't pretty. Houses are rundown, people work at jobs that provide little if any fulfillment, families are struggling to get by and some have the mob at their heels ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Having enjoyed "The Irishman," one might think one is in the mood for more wiseguys. Set in south Brooklyn in the early 1990s, City of Margins" is the story of men who are drunk all the time, corrupt cops or mobsters, brutal and violent. The women work their asses off, and few have ever left the neighborhood.

There are enough sparks of connection to keep you reading, but finally, you may be tempted, as I was, to skip to the end to see if any one finds any kind of redemption. I'm sure you can
Dave Newman
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As close as you can get to reading an Altman film.
Jason Allison
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not at all what I expected. The first half is very slice-of-life sad sack Brooklyn circa 1993, the second half builds to a crackling final fifty or so pages. My first read of Boyle. Wont be my last. ...more
Thomas Pluck
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A more ranging Brooklyn Italian ensemble than his debut novel Gravesend, this one leavens the fatalism with a few very funny tragic characters, and is the better for it. (I love Gravesend, but love this one even more)
Csimplot Simplot
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!
Katherine Younkin
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thriller
William Boyle has written a crime noir story told from seven alternating viewpoints that takes place in Brooklyn in the 1990s. The principal character, Donnie Parascandolo, is a disgraced ex-cop turned collection man/enforcer for a local mobster. All of the other characters have a connection to Donnie either through his misdeeds or romantic relationships.

Donnies ex-wife, Donna, begins a relationship with a much younger man, named Mikey. Mikey was beaten up by Donnie many years earlier for
Kevin Jones
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blame it on the Chevy Nova. Like coffee in a percolator left unattended at high heat, CITY OF MARGINS boils over and makes a mess. A chance encounter between a crooked ex-cop and a grieving widow when her car breaks down sets this mesmerizing story into motion. Chance soon gives way to inevitably and tragedy as a group of emotionally or financially stunted characters collide. Brooklyn itself is a shabby, claustrophobic character in the story that shapes and defines the universe and potential of ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a wild ride of a novel. I have to admit that I am still putting the pieces together this morning. The characters are either vile or sympathetic, there is not much crossover in this book. The book captures Brooklyn in the 1990's but I wonder how these characters would survive a gentrified Brooklyn, the city that I know of now. I would recommend this one and I may change my rating once I have a bit of distance between myself and the characters.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. Honestly the characters were too similar and confusing with such similar story lines and really, not a likeable one in the lot. But it kept me interested enough to finish it. (hey it counts towards my reading challenge, right?) Anyway, two pretty so-so reviews in a row now for this author so I'd say I'm done with Mr. Boyle for awhile.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reads a little like the film, "Pulp Fiction" with a little Damon Runyon folded in just for fun. The plotting is twisted, but ends well.
Lawrence Sordo
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
William Boyles, City of Margins out next year is a complex Greek tragedy transplanted to Brooklyn in the 90s. The wonderful Italian characters who inhabit the story are finely drawn and capture your heart as their lives interact in unpredictable ways that include pathos, comedy, love and death. I slowly savoured every word of this seriously good genre breaking novel. Youll have to wait until March but dont miss this one. William Boyles books are all great and this is his best yet. Its already on ...more
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William Boyle is from Brooklyn, New York. His books include: GRAVESEND, which was nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France and shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in the UK; THE LONELY WITNESS, which was nominated for the Hammett Prize and is nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; and, most recently, A FRIEND IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF. CITY ...more

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