Apology

Apology When nine year old Tom Serafino s twin sister Teagan suffers a debilitating brain injury a police investigation implicates his playmate Mario s uncle an immigrant transient worker known as Shoe Inno
  • Title: Apology
  • Author: Jon Pineda
  • ISBN: 9781571311047
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • Apology
    When nine year old Tom Serafino s twin sister Teagan suffers a debilitating brain injury, a police investigation implicates his playmate Mario s uncle an immigrant, transient worker known as Shoe Innocent of the crime but burdened by his own childhood tragedy, Shoe takes the blame for what is in fact an accident caused by his young nephew, ensuring Mario s chance at a futWhen nine year old Tom Serafino s twin sister Teagan suffers a debilitating brain injury, a police investigation implicates his playmate Mario s uncle an immigrant, transient worker known as Shoe Innocent of the crime but burdened by his own childhood tragedy, Shoe takes the blame for what is in fact an accident caused by his young nephew, ensuring Mario s chance at a future publicly unscarred.The lines between innocence and guilt, evasions and half truths, love and duty are blurred Can a lie born from resignation, fear, and love transform tragedy into hope And is the life of one man worth the price of that lie Told in vivid scenes alive with imagery and with thematic echoes of John Burnham Schwartz s Reservation Road and Northwest Corner, Apology explores how the decisions we make in an instant reverberate in the years to come Apology further paints a portrait of sacrifice within two immigrant families raising first generation Americans It explores the measure of duty we have toward one another, and the extent to which abandoning the wreckage of family and the past often leads to unexpected consequences.Deeply empathetic and beautifully written, Apology marks the novelistic debut of a critically acclaimed Asian American writer.
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    Jon Pineda s new novel Let s No One Get Hurt will be published in 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Recent published books include the poetry collection Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award, the novel Apology, winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes Noble Discover Great New Writers 2010 Holiday Selection and a Library Journal Best Books of 2010 selection He is also the author of the poetry collections The Translator s Diary, winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize, and Birthmark, winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition A core faculty member in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, he lives in Virginia with his family and teaches at the University of Mary Washington.

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  • 4.5 Star Rating GIVEAWAY ALERT Enter to win 1 of 3 paperback copies of APOLOGY by Jon Pineda US Giveaway only Ends 8 31 ENTER HEREMy Review It s hard to believe that Jon Pineda s novel, APOLOGY, barely hits the 200 page mark Why Because as I sat back and went through my notes to prepare this review, I was pretty much stunned at all of the themes and thought provoking, philosophical questions that I had written in the margins, not to mention the span of years that is covered within the story I m [...]


  • The man they called Shoe was in way over his head Having been chosen from a group of immigrant day workers standing around a mall parking lot, he showed up at the construction site without the steel toed boots he needed to protect himself Now, he was so deep inside a slippery, muddy trench that he could barely make his way back to solid ground after the foreman grew frustrated with his work Instead of helping him, the rest of the crew laughed at Shoe s efforts to get out of the hole he stood in [...]


  • After an accident leaves nine year old Teagan Serafino with a life altering brain injury, both her family and the community demand answers Though he is innocent, lifelong scapegoat Exequiel Shoe Guzman, takes blame for Teagan s injury in order to allow his young nephew Mario, who was present at the site, a chance at a better life I was in the middle of three other books when Apology came to me, so I needed to set it aside until I was finished with at least one As the little book sat beside me fo [...]


  • I received an advance reading copy of Apology as part of First Reads I will not summarize the plot, as it has been summarized elsewhere.I have always been attracted to stories that demonstrate the total upheaval of a life in a single minute, in a single gesture I also enjoy reading stories that capture the wide and lasting impact a single decision can have.The ideas captured in this book and described on the back cover are interesting and compelling Do we owe each other the truth Is it right to [...]


  • The GoodReads synopsis says it better than I could When nine year old Tom Serafino s twin sister Teagan suffers a debilitating brain injury, a police investigation implicates his playmate Mario s uncle an immigrant, transient worker known as Shoe Innocent of the crime but burdened by his own childhood tragedy, Shoe takes the blame for what is in fact an accident caused by his young nephew, ensuring Mario s chance at a future publicly unscarred The lines between innocence and guilt, evasions and [...]


  • This book had a very interesting premise An accident causes Mario s uncle to take the blame for a debilitating brain injury he caused in his playmate Should one life be valued above another The characters were very interesting and I enjoyed the varying viewpoints of the victims family and the accused It made for interesting perspectives A very good debut story As a reader, there were a few areas that I wanted to be fleshed out and the ending could have used a bit drama But overall, a quick and [...]


  • I read this book I don t like it that it cusses a lot I did like the story of the little boy and his life He had went through a lot when he got hit with the baseball at the end of book It was a good thing that the kid rescued the kid by picking him up when he got hit in the chest by the ball Every person has their own opinion on this book but I did enjoy it that s why I plan on sharing it with other people.This is a book that I will donate to the cancer center Advanced uncorrected copy Published [...]


  • Pineda explores the long half life of regret in this quietly powerful debut novel APOLOGY, told in minimalist vignettes that jump forward and back in time, is a heartbreaking story in which one moment, one critical decision, changes two families permanently.





  • Beautiful book of small actions with big consequences told in my adopted hometown of Norfolk, VA Jon Pineda is a triple threat as a poet, essayist, and now novelist.



  • I received this book free through Firstreads To start off, I received this book on June 4th I began reading it late at night after I had forgotten to grab the mail Once I started reading the book, I liked it Especially the beginning Good transitions, well paced, nice introduction of the characters, and good suspense The beginning perfectly set the ball in motion with the already expected accident of Tom Serafino s twin sister So far, the beginning was a check plus for me.However, when it came to [...]


  • Apology written by Jon PinedaLet me start off by saying I love the structure of this novel Short little spurts of information, in neat little paragraphs, in eight neat chapters It makes for a quick read.About a man nick name Shoe, with bad foot It s never addressed except he limps and drags his foot behind him when he walks No one likes him He lands a job on a construction site His real name is Exequiel.He takes the blame for his nephew Mario, over an unfortunate accident and is sent to prison t [...]


  • I won this book as part of a first reads giveaway So, first I would like to thank Jon Pineda and Milkweed editions for sending it to me.Although overall I enjoyed the novel and the story Pineda told, his writing style left me a bit distracted at times I loved the concept of the novel, which is about how a debilitating accident can change the lives of not only the injured and the injurer, but also the lives of everyone around them Pineda s story not only showed how the injury of a loved one can a [...]


  • Pineda has written a story about guilt and innocence and how quickly made decisions can effect the rest of our lives He is a talented writer who is able to show the jagged core of human emotion, but at the same time he is not a very good storyteller His chapters fit together haphazardly at best and the chronological sequence of events is not always easy to determine Reading this book is like going through the house of mirrors at the carnival, brilliant twisted images that leave you disoriented a [...]


  • There is no doubt that Pineda is an accomplished writer His descriptions and brief vignettes that characterize the progression of his story almost stand alone as pieces of poetry The story is essentially about two boys whose lives are changed by a tragic event when one accidentally causes the injury of the other s sister His disfigured uncle is blamed, compiling the guilt the boy feels Pineda marks their lives though adulthood and I often had difficulty following his transitions I don t know whe [...]


  • I received this as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway I finished it some time ago, but hadn t written a review because I felt really at a loss for what to say I actually think it is a pretty good book certainly an interesting story, told in a unique way But for some reason it didn t really resonate with me I liked it just fine, but at the same time, could easily have put it down and not finished it That said, it s an intriguing study of family, of obligation, of suffering, and of compassion If you [...]


  • Really wanted to love it, due to the local nature of the scenes in the book which is set in Virginia Beach for some of the action However, while I found it interesting and it raised thought provoking questions about the nature of sacrifice and the effects of long kept secrets in families, I always felt the characters were at some remove from the reader Some distance was always there, in spite of the sometimes lyrical language of the author It s a short book, though, and worth a read.


  • A terrible accident befalls the twin sister of a young boy A friend s uncle is blamed and the friend is unable to admit the truth that he himself was the cause of the accident This event affects both families in dramatic and life changing ways A story of guilt, grief and how decisions we make can reverberate for years to come.


  • The pacing of the novel, a collection of vignettes and scenes spread across long time jumps, is an intriguing way to move the story along but I can t help but feel a little time with the characters would have made it satisfying and enjoyable in the end Still, it s an artfully written story about a group of sympathetic characters I m glad to have encountered.


  • I received this book via First Reads.This book conveyed a lot of emotion very concisely The brevity did leave me wanting to know the characters better Yet they were intertwined in such a believable and interesting way Also the story was unpredictable and surprising which kept me engaged Really I would give it 3 and 3 4 stars if that were an option.


  • While I liked the storylineI had some difficultly following along at times this format is not my favoriteI just kind of felt like we were left hangingI m not a fan of having to guess what the author is trying to tell uslet us guess for a bit, but give a plausible end to a situation.


  • How often in life do we wish we could change our past behavior There are plenty of things I wish I had never said or done This is an excellent account of that phenomenon Interesting character study.




  • I felt this book was lacking It had such a sudden ending I would have liked a better developed back story I won this through the First reads program on.



  • Its obvious Pineda is a very talented writer, but holy shit, this may be the most depressing novel i have ever rea.


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