Narrows Gate by Jim Fusilli

Posted By Ethan Cross on Nov 5, 2010 | 0 comments

For this month’s BIG THRILL, I interviewed Jim Fusilli about his new book, Narrows Gate, and his groundbreaking deal with Audible…

With his new novel, Narrows Gate, author Jim Fusilli has blazed a path that may open up a bold new outlet for writers to share their stories. He’s done so by becoming the first writer to sell a book to Audible (a large audiobook publisher and distributor) without the book first appearing in print. And it’s fitting that the book treading this new ground is one described as “outstanding in every way” and “a big, broad-shouldered novel, equal parts Ellroy, Puzo and Scorsese.”

Narrows Gate is an epic set in the first half of the 20th century and it springs from the Italian-American community of a fictionalized Hoboken, NJ, where Jim Fusilli was born and raised. Among the principle characters are an Italian-American crooner, a bevy of gangsters, military men and intelligence operatives, assorted Hollywood types — and two young friends who must choose which path to take to escape the dangerous environment in which they live.

You can read the rest of my article and interview with Jim Fusilli at

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