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A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself

(2019)
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Goodfellas meets Thelma and Louise when an unlikely trio of women in New York find themselves banding together to escape the clutches of violent figures from their pasts.

After Brooklyn mob widow Rena Ruggiero hits her 80-year-old neighbor Enzio in the head with an ashtray when he makes an unwanted move on her, she embarks on a bizarre adventure. Taking off in Enzio's '62 Impala, she retreats to the Bronx home of her estranged daughter, Adrienne, and her granddaughter, Lucia, only to be turned away by Adrienne at the door. Their neighbor, Lacey "Wolfie" Wolfstein, a one-time Golden Age porn star and retired Florida Suncoast grifter, takes Rena in and befriends her.

When Lucia discovers that Adrienne is planning to hit the road with her ex-boyfriend Richie, she figures Rena's her only way out of a life on the run with a mother she can't stand. But Richie has massacred a few members of the Brancaccio crime family for a big payday, and he drags even more trouble into the mix in the form of an unhinged enforcer named Crea. The stage is set for an explosion that will propel Rena, Wolfie, and Lucia down a strange path, each woman running from something and unsure what comes next.

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is a screwball noir about finding friendship and family where you least expect it, in which William Boyle again draws listeners into the familiar - and sometimes frightening - world in the shadows at the edges of New York's neighborhoods.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The three wondrous and resilient women at its center are so richly etched, so powerfully voiced, you’ll find yourself wanting to pull up to the dinner table with them, grab a glass, and tuck in." - Megan Abbott

"It’s the women who make this novel such a great read. They are glorious and mad, vulnerable, so human, and very, very funny." - Roddy Doyle

"Wolfie Wolfstein is as comfortably intact a creature as any crime writer of recent vintage has put together." - Barry Gifford

"A brilliant and nasty piece of joyful ambiguity that I loved deeply. What a marvelous and unexpected bunch of female characters, in particular. With this one, William Boyle vaults into the big time, or he damn sure should." - Joe R Lansdale

"A thunderous locomotive of a novel, driven by remarkable characters and sparkling dialogue. A treat for fans of neo-noir, it’s brimming with dark wit and piercing insight. Highly recommended." - Stuart Neville


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Used availability for William Boyle's A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself

Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-64313-058-7 / 978-1-64313-058-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself, A
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 0-85730-130-6 / 978-0-85730-130-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 0-85730-241-8 / 978-0-85730-241-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

May 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-79970-050-X / 978-1-79970-050-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Friend is a Gift you Give Yourself: Thelma and Louise Meets Goodfellas
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: No Exit Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA