Fiction writers try to take universal experience and shape it into specific actions and feelings from authentic characters. In his latest novel, If Anyone Asks, Say I Died from the Heartbreaking Blues, author Philip Cioffari accomplishes this task in spades.
the surface, If Anyone Asks is the
story of one night in the life of Joey “Hunt” Hunter. It’s a big night for
him—both his 18th birthday and prom night at his high school.
Self-conscious and unsure, he worries about impressing his prom date, the love
of his life, Debby Ann. What he doesn’t realize—or maybe he does—is that he
can’t impress her because her heart belongs to Sal, head of a local gang called