"Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story." --The Washington Post Book World "A GUT-WRENCHING PIECE OF WORK. . . Carcaterra's graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley." --The Atlanta Journal & Constitution "In his controversial memoir SLEEPERS, Carcaterra remembers harrowing months in the Wilkinson Home for Boys and the elaborate vengeance he and his friends exacted against the guards. He tells it all in spare, stylish prose . . . [with] relentless momentum and sheer drama. . . . SLEEPERS is a thriller, to be sure, but it is equally a wistful hymn to another age." --The Washington Post Book World "A TERRIFYING ACCOUNT OF BRUTALITY AND RETRIBUTION, searing in its emotional truth, peopled with murderers, sadists, and thugs, but biblical in its passion and scope." --People "SLEEPERS is so many things: a Dickensian portrait of coming of age in Hell's Kitchen, a terrifying and heartbreaking account of the brutalization of youth, a shocking--and disturbingly satisfying--climax worthy of the finest suspense novel. A brilliant, troubling, important book." --Jonathan Kellerman "COMPELLING." --USA Today
Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of A Safe Place, Apaches, Gangster, Street Boys, Paradise City, Chasers, and Sleepers. He has written scripts for movies and television and was a writer/producer for Law & Order. He has traveled to Italy on a yearly basis since he was fourteen and has written extensively about the country both for National Geographic Traveler and in his books. He speaks fluent Italian, and his favorite place to be is inside the church at Santa Croce, standing in front of the tomb of Michelangelo. He is currently at work on his next novel.