- Stephen Tritto
- San Jose, California
- STEPHEN TRITTO was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He volunteered for the U.S. Air Force at the age of seventeen after graduating from high school. His four year military experience served as his “coming of age" period. He returned to Brooklyn to continue his college education and pursue a career in software technology and management followed by a move to Silicon Valley. He held several executive management positions before pursuing his passion for writing fiction. Winning the 2006 Red Wheelbarrow (S/E) short story competition for “The Cherries and the Holster” convinced him to stay with it. He began a five year project that produced his first novel “Taking Flight.” He has just completed a collection of short stories scheduled to be published in 2015. The author’s other interests include amateur astronomy and kayaking which he often manages to bring in to his writing. His interest in the skies and oceans “provides an excellent perspective to life and a reminder of our place in the world.” The author may be reached at Steve95135@gmail.com. He and his wife, Peggy, live in San Jose, CA
Friday, January 30, 2015
Author's Note: Second Edition
The second edition of Taking Flight was published in September 2014. The book's cover was enhanced, excerpts from reviews were included in the print edition and some fonts were changed. The story remained the same in its entirety. ST
The following is the complete review of Taking Flight as featured in the Kirkus Reviews magazine dated Jan. 15th, 2014 followed by a link to the Kirkus Reviews website. ST
CreateSpace (464 pp.)
$13.50 paperback, $4.95 e-book
ISBN: 978-1482662467; April 3, 2013
Tritto’s sparkling debut novel succeeds as a gripping tale of one man’s self-discovery.
Tritto, a veteran short story author, tells the story of Anthony Bartolo, a product manager for a high-tech firm. He and his wife, Bernadette, a buyer for an upscale department store, are DINKs—dual incomes, no kids—living well in the suburbs, as are the couples with whom they socialize. By most standards, Anthony should be content, but he still feels unfulfilled - a good thing, narratively speaking, since these characters are fairly unappealing early in the novel. Then life throws some changes at the Bartolos and their friends.
Anthony is blindsided when he loses his job, which leaves him casting about for what he wants to do with his life. Such ruminations could come off as whiny, but in Tritto’s capable hands, Anthony blossoms. A member of their group dies while doing charitable work in El Salvador, and Anthony, the only one with time on his hands, volunteers to retrieve his remains. In fact, he selfishly does so without consulting Bernadette, further threatening their crumbling relationship.
Anthony’s worldview changes once he lands in the Central American country, which is populated by believable characters, including his guide, Col. Juan Hernandez, a former rebel leader who serves as security for Anthony during his trip. While Anthony jumps through bureaucratic hoops in order to take his friend home, he learns to appreciate the ways of El Salvador while navigating its dangers and tragedies. Anthony arrives in El Salvador as a well-meaning but sometimes-ugly American, yet he comes back a changed man, bearing precious cargo: not only his friend’s body, but also a secret from his friend’s other life.
Anthony doesn’t know what he wants to do, but he knows he doesn’t want his old life. Tritto helps Anthony evolve from a self-absorbed yuppie to a man more empathetic to those around him, a man readers can root for even if he still doesn’t truly know himself.
A novel that artfully spans two cultures, from a talented new author ready to take wing.
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