Fiction. THEY SAY is a novel about a working-class, first-generation Italian family living in the Boston area in the first half of the 20th century, centering on the family's struggles over oldest brother Louie, whose early artistic genius and political passions deteriorate into delusion and severe mental illness. Narrated by various siblings in this sprawling family, their stories have the intimacy and drama of a conversation told around the kitchen table—and like any living, breathing family tale, the brothers' and sisters' stories intersect, run parallel, contradict each other, fill in each other's gaps. Theirs are stories of love and luck, as well as poverty, death, illness, and domestic abuse.
Joseph Torra, editor, poet and novelist, lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches writing at UMass Boston. His books include the poetry collections AUGUST LETTER TO MY WIFE AND DAUGHTERS (Pressed Wafer, 2000), AFTER THE CHINESE (Pressed Wafer, 2004), and TIME BEING (Quale Press, 2012), and the novels THEY SAY (Quale Press, 2007), CALL ME WAITER (Pressed Wafer, 2008), and WHAT'S SO FUNNY (Pressed Wafer, 2011). Author City: SOMERVILLE, MA USA