Subway to California
by Joseph Di Prisco
In 1960, the Di Priscos fled Brooklyn—and the FBI. The father was a gambler and bookmaker, and agents chased him into the Long Island woods because he was implicated in police corruption. At thirty-five he escaped to a strange place called California, where his wife and two of her four sons joined him. One member of the family graduated high school, and he would make books of a different sort. Joe didn't seem called to a life of crime, but evidence is mixed. Once he was Brother Joseph in a Catholic novitiate, but later he was named prime suspect in a racketeering investigation. During Vietnam he seized his college administration building, and then played blackjack around the world, staked by big-money backers. He managed Italian restaurants with laughable ineptitude, but also did graduate study and taught for twenty years. Eventually Joe buries his unstable, manipulative, and beautiful mother and his brothers, including his heroin-addicted younger brother. Later he cares for his father with Alzheimer's. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Subway to California recounts Joe's battles with personal demons, bargains struck with angels, and truces with family in this richly colorful tale that reads like great fiction.
Subway to California was first released in hardcover in 2014 to widespread acclaim.
Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Paperback, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-945572-53-1
US $15.95 | Memoir
Joseph Di Prisco was born in Brooklyn and lives today in Northern California with his wife, photographer Patti James. He's the author of the novels All for Now, The Alzhammer, The Confessions of Brother Eli, and Sun City, books of poems, and books about childhood and adolescence. The Pope of Brooklyn is the follow-up to his previous memoir, Subway to California.