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Edward Falco

Edward Falco’s latest novel is Saint John of the Five Boroughs. His previous books include the short story collections Acid and Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories; the prose poem/short fiction collection In the Park of Culture; and the novels Wolf Point and Winter in Florida. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech.


An Elliptical Essay on Violence

Spring 2010 | Essays

On April 16, 2007, a young man who had been one of my students the previous semester walked into a building on campus armed with a 9mm Glock 19 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, chained the doors closed behind him, and proceeded to murder everyon [...]


In the summer of '88, when my older sister turned 16 and started dating a 34-year-old Amway salesman, my father discovered we had unacceptable levels of radon trapped in our house. That was ten years ago, though it doesn't feel like it. It was a pr [...]


Summer 1988 | Fiction

Terry put his hands in his pockets and walked slowly along the concrete sidewalk, a line of cars to his left parked at the curb, his older brother Jay to his right. He was on his way home from the bus stop after his weekly appointment with the scho [...]

Plato At Scratch Daniel’s

Spring 1986 | Fiction

In 1944, when Danny was 20, he met Hooper in a bombed-out basement in Cassino, Italy. The German-occupied town blocked the Allied advance to Rome, and for five months Danny had fought to take Cassino, suffering through a nightmarish winter of comba [...]

The Foaling Man

Nicholas patted the star on Molly's forehead, rubbed his cheek against her face, and said, "You're looking serious tonight, Molly. Is it time to foal?" Molly pushed her forehead against his chest and moved her head vigorously up and down. "Yes, y [...]