All For Now: A Novel
by Joseph Di Prisco
Brother Stephen dies suddenly. That’s when things get complicated. Is Stephen’s death his wake-up call? This possibility slowly dawns on him. Soon, though, he is behind the wheel of a Prius, driving through his afterlife, listening to himself being interviewed on NPR. “It’s just like high school, Terry. You know, maybe it is high school,” he tells her, in the interview, as she questions him about lawsuits filed by students who claimed to have been molested by pedophile Brothers.
As an administrator of his Roman Catholic religious order, he was caught in the middle of these heartbreaking cases. In fact, the lawsuit he was dealing with the moment he died is one that strikes especially close to his heart. He once knew the plaintiff—he once knew her very well—but he also knew the Brother who is named in the lawsuit. Now that he’s dead, he’s more determined than ever to get to the truth. He spends his afterlife unraveling this terrible mystery, learning more about the plight of the survivor and that of the accused, but the biggest mystery he faces is one about himself.
Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Paperback, 2014: 9781940207469
US $14.95 | Fiction
Also available in ebook formats
Joseph Di Prisco's notable third novel All For Now first appeared in 2012, and he has published two books of poems. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and literary journals, and his poetry has received several prizes. He was also coauthor of two highly regarded books about child and family development. He was born in Brooklyn and lives today in Northern California with his wife, photographer Patti James. His new memoir is Subway to California.