Joel Augee presents The Life of Umberto Cavallo and Other Matters

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Joel Augee to read from his debut novel.

The Life of Umberto Cavallo and Other Matters is the story of an immigrant's struggles. It begins in northern Italy in 1885, where Berto, as a small boy, secretly visits his demented grandfather, and upon hearing the old man's far-fetched anxieties, must decide whether to protect him from his fears.

In a world teeming with poverty, desperation and sacrifice, the story tumbles across oceans and lives. It crosses paths with murderous gauchos and lonely farmers, and culminates in one man's attempt to decipher a destructive individualism boring through the family tree, and answer the question: what is the psychological cost of emigration (and which generation shall pay it)? At times comedic and tragic, and spanning not only four continents and five generations, but the width of the human heart in conflict with itself, this novel pulls you toward the finish with an unrelenting hold.

This novel is both literary and historical. It is a family saga and a geographic journey. Fans of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Elsa Morante's History: a Novel, as well as those of classic authors like Pat Conroy, Irene Nemirovsky, John Steinbeck, and Pacific Northwest writer Ivan Doig, may appreciate this novel.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
The Life of Umberto Cavallo and Other Matters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692115350
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Joel Augee -- Author - April 25th, 2018