LITTLE ELLIE CLAUS by James Manos

LITTLE ELLIE CLAUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

First-novelist Manos won an Emmy last year for writing the “College” episode of The Sopranos, one of the most brutal episodes in the history of the series, with Tony Soprano garroting a man while taking his daughter Meadow up to Colby College. Segue now to: 1933. The Depression. Peter and Lucy, young marrieds, drive from Iowa to Manhattan's Lower East Side, where presumably Peter has a teaching job. They move into an apartment, their rooms and situation desperate even by Horatio Alger standards. Peter's job falls through. He wants to buy a crystal snowflake pendant for Lucy for Christmas Eve, then is killed saving a child from being hit by a truck, the very evening that Lucy is about to tell him their first child is coming. The child is born but the following Christmas, Lucy, penniless, leaves their daughter on the step of an orphanage. And you will never in a thousand years guess who picks up and takes that baby home with him. More we cannot tell you, but if Tony Soprano ever reads this he'll go after Manos with his garroting wire.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-7434-0624-9
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2000