It happened by the grace of God that Joseph Santangelo won his wife in a card game. On a September night so hot that the good Catholics of New York wonder if their city has slipped into hell, the butcher Joseph Santangelo invites his friends to play pinochle. At the end of a long, sweaty, boozy evening, his friend Lino Falconetti, addled by wine and heat, bets the hand of his daughter, Catherineaand Santangelo wins. Santangeloas modern new wife clashes immediately with his superstitious, half-mad motheraand Catherine is horrified when the daughter they raise turns out to have more in common with the old world than the new. As the years slide past, the city changes around them, but Little Italyas household saints hold their world together.Their opponents, Lino Falconetti and his son Nicky from Falconettia#39;s Radio Repair across the street, drank directly from the bottle. If for no other reason, it was an uneven matchabut of course there were other reasons. For Lino and Nicky cameanbsp;...
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