A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle

Literary Loop

Goodfellas meets Thelma and Louise when an unlikely trio of women in New York finds 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.

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

“Comic crime capers are fun. Comic crime capers starring women are even more fun. William Boyle delivers some choice laughs and a terrific trio of felons — a road trip that’s so much fun you don’t want it to end,” says the New York Times Book Review.