(WPRI) – Author Anthony De Sa joined The Rhode Show Tuesday morning to talk about his first novel, “Kicking The Sky.”
Anthony was an adolescent boy in 1977 when a Portuguese shoeshine boy was brutally raped and murdered in Toronto where he grew up.
His first novel, “Kicking the Sky” finds us in the aftermath of this crime scene through the eyes of 12-year-old Antonio Rebelo, exploring his Toronto neighborhood’s dark garages and labyrinthine back alleys along with his two best friends.
The boys strike up a curious friendship with James, a charismatic young hustler, who plays Fagin to their shenanigans, and eventually pulls them toward his world of sex, drugs, and theft.
As the media reveals the truth behind the Shoeshine Boy murder, Antonio begins to see his family, his church and his neighborhood with new eyes.
In its evocation of boyhood friendships and the pressure imposed upon them by the adult world, “Kicking the Sky” is a stunning coming-of-age novel of revelation and discovery, life and death, and the heart’s capacity for cruelty and love.
Anthony will be at The Athenaeum Library at 6 p.m. today and Wednesday, April 2 – Brown University Bookstore at 5 p.m.