COMETS is linked collection of short fiction that follows unpredictable struggles of Italian, Cuban, and American cabinetmakers in the Latin Quarter of Ybor City, while centering on the life of Roberto, as he grows from a working teenager, influenced by the men in his father’s shop, to a disillusioned 42, unwittingly trying to fill his father’s shoes and searching for a deeper understanding of himself and his life.

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  • Fiction
  • Inspirational
  • Special

Age Level: 

  • Adult
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Comets by Joseph Allen Costa is a collage about Roberto's life, who we meet as a teenager working in his father's cabinet shop. Roberto's life careens through the struggles of Italian, Cuban, and American cabinetmakers, especially the challenges of his father. The various characters have their own particular troubles, all of which deeply shape their characters and their interactions with Roberto. Through these struggles, Roberto learns and matures. His own mistakes are instructive. His father's weaknesses and strengths mold the son.

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