Chicago-area author Tony Romano will discuss his novel Where My Body Ends and the World Begins in a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. His talk will start at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.
Published by Allium Press of Chicago, the novel is about the aftermath of the devastating fire at Chicago’s Our Lady of the Angels School on Dec. 1, 1958, which killed 92 children, shattering a close-knit Italian-American neighborhood. In Romano’s book, set nearly a decade later, 20-year-old Anthony Lazzeri struggles with survivor’s guilt, which is manifested through conflicted feelings about his own body. Complicating his life is a detective’s dogged belief that Anthony was involved in setting the fire.
Foreword Reviews said the novel is “engrossing, surprising, and psychologically astute…. Romano is a masterful storyteller, unfolding a captivating and imaginative tale.”
Romano was born in Italy and moved to Chicago when he was 11 months old. He has spent most of his adult life teaching high school English. He is a two-time winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award, and the producer of several spoken-word CDs. His other books are When the World Was Young and If You Eat, You Never Die: Chicago Tales. More details about Romano and his books are at his website, tonyromanoauthor.com.