Spitting Off Tall Buildings: A Novel (Paperback)
Now back in print to coincide with the publication of his new novel, 86’d, Dan Fante’s Spitting Off Tall Buildings is the story of aspiring writer and part-time drunk Bruno Dante, who leaves sunny Los Angeles for cold, hard New York City. Falling into a string of temporary, dead-end jobs, punctuated by meaningless affairs and intense drinking, Bruno has almost had enough when a sudden event offers him the opportunity to get his life back on track—unless screwing up, like drinking, proves a habit too difficult to shake. In prose steeped with rage and surprising humor, Fante presents a point of view of America that only the true outlaw will recognize.
About the Author
Dan Fante is the author of the memoir Fante, the novels 86'd, Chump Change, Mooch, and Spitting Off Tall Buildings, and several books of poetry, short stories, and plays. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
“Evokes brutally and skillfully the violently numb condition of his alter ego.” — The Times (London)
“As we trawl with him through deadbeat and dead-end jobs, this unsettling novel is haunted by the spectre of Charles Bukowski.” — The Times (London)
“Moments which brush the genius of Bukowski and Hubert Selby.” — Elle (France)
“It gives an honest misfit’s view of America far too few know.” — John Fowles
“A truly great American novel.” — Scotland on Sunday
“Dan Fante’s novel does an excellent job of delivering this tale of depraved despair with a steady one-two-punch rhythm that hurts like hell while still being impossible to put down.” — Sacramento Book Review