Frank and Me: A Novel of Generations

Emilio Iasiello

Frank and Me: A Novel of Generations
Story Plant
United States
13 June 2023

Frank and Me: A Novel of Generations

Emilio Iasiello

After losing his grandfather, the last male role model in his life, 12 year-old Mike finds himself the the lone male in a house full of women - an absent mother, a financially-strapped grandmother, and a doting great-grandmother. Without his hero around to guide him, Mike struggles to find his place in this first generation Italian-American family. That is, until he runs into his grandfather’s former business partner and Connecticut’s most prominent crime lord, Frank. Mike is immediately drawn to Uncle Frank and is thrilled when his grandmother arranges for them to spend more time together despite his mother’s arguments. Frank takes Mike under his wing, teaching him how to win a fight and how to take care of his family while sharing stories he never knew about his grandfather. As tensions rise between the two crime families in Connecticut, Mike begins to question if Frank was telling him the truth about his relationship with his grandfather. When Mike learns that Frank and his grandmother share a secret that spans decades and even his mother doesn’t know, Mike must decide whether or not to pursue a truth that threatens to not only tarnish his image of his grandfather, but also unravel everything about his family as he knows it.

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