With two wildly different but equally masterful novels under his belt, Giraldi's first turn at nonfiction is remarkable.
A memoir that deserves to sit alongside Mary Karr and Tobias Wolff, it is an autobiography that transcends its subject matter and illuminates deeper, surprising truths about human nature.
At just forty-seven years old, William Giraldi's father was killed in a horrific motorcycle crash while racing on a country road. This tragedy, which forever altered the young Giraldi and devastated his family, provides the pulse forThe Hero's Body. In the tradition of Andre Dubus III's Townie, this is a deep-seeing investigation into two generations of men from the working-class town of Manville, New Jersey, including Giraldi's own forays into obsessive bodybuilding as a teenager desperate to be worthy of his family's pitiless, exacting codes of manhood. Lauded byThe New Yorker for his unrelenting, perfectly paced prose, Giraldi writes here with daring, searing honesty about the fragility and might of the American male. An unflinching memoir of luminous sorrow, a son's tale of a lost father and the ancient family strictures of extreme masculinity, The Hero's Body is a work of lasting beauty by one of our most fearless writers.