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A Safe Place: The True Story of a Father, a Son, a Murder

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780345383488
Author(s): Lorenzo Carcaterra
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Year: 1994
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Dimensions: 107 x 174 x 22 (w x l x h)
Pages: 320

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On his deathbed, Mario Carcaterra asked his son, Lorenzo, a simple question: 'Do you love me?' Lorenzo's answer was equally simple, although heartbreaking. His answer was 'No.' A Safe Place is an extraordinary document, truly distinguished nonfiction that details a relationship startling for its violence and passion, devastating in its psychological ramifications, yet important and even uplifting for its ability to grab hold of and confront the truth. At one time, of course, Lorenzo Carcaterra did love his father. Yes, the older man was rough, often shockingly violent - beating Lorenzo's mother and Lorenzo himself - but such violence was a way of life in Hell's Kitchen, New York, in the fifties and sixties. And the violence was often tempered with warmth and affection. Lorenzo and his dad sat side by side at the fights at Madison Square Garden, they savored Italian ices on street corners in the summer they took the subway to the ballpark to root for their beloved Yankees. And then, when Lorenzo was fourteen years old, he learned that his father had murdered his first wife, had smothered her with a pillow in a jealous rage when she threatened to leave him. This news shattered Lorenzo. He couldn't look his father in the eye, couldn't respect the man he had respected above all others, couldn't feel love for the man he adored. Worse, he became terrified for his own future: Did he, Lorenzo, have that
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