Writings and Reviews
Books by Joseph Cavano

Half-past Nowhere (2008)

Set in the scenic mountains and college towns of upstate New York, as well as the author’s beloved South, Half-past Nowhere chronicles the life of a boy as he passes from “innocence to experience.” Written in a style that evokes Hemingway and Faulkner, the young hero struggles through an abusive childhood, experiences the joys and pains of young love, and finally approaches self discovery. At times humorous, this collection is filled with memorable characters and real life obstacles. If you were ever young you may find yourself here.

Half-past Nowhere has a simple yet poetic honesty to it that pulls you through seventeen years of Joey Fusaro's life by way of a series of eleven loosely-connected, but coherent, stories...
Cavano's stories run the gamut from pathos to comedy, with loving and recurring portraits of nature--fishing in particular, but also people and out-of-the-way places-- …
The author presents a compelling world, one of an older America just a few generations away, yet growing more and more distant as today's technology changes things faster and faster. ...
For a somewhat thin volume, this really punches. The writing is crisp, the characters and world vivid, and a very full life is presented in its eleven chapters--childhood to adulthood, and then, per the eleventh chapter's title, it comes "Full Circle". I never doubted the characterizations and read through it in one sitting, sympathizing and empathizing with characters and situations. And then I read it again.”
-- review by Kaolin Fire, G.U.D. Magazine

The G.R.I.T.S. book club of Fort Mill welcomed Charlotte author Joseph Cavano to an evening of literature and music for the whole community. The event was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in the sanctuary of the Philadelphia United Methodist Church. Cavano's new book, Half-past Nowhere, was the subject of discussion as the author himself provided entertainment by playing jazz piano. READ MORE

The Odd Mind Show's Lesa Trapp talks with Joseph Cavano about his book Half-past Nowhere, its characters, what inspired him to become a writer, and his next book Love Songs in Minor Keys.
Listen to their conversation HERE.

Joseph Cavano speaks to the Charlotte Writers Club.
A sampling of the December 9, 2008 session.

Love Songs in Minor Keys (2009)

Love Songs in Minor Keys is a tightly written collection of short stories which takes a close look at love “broadly defined”. A jazz pianist, the author knows very well the power of minor keys. At times exotic, often surprising, they are most powerful when combined with other more familiar sounds - which is what he has done here. The new and the familiar. The dark and the bright. Each blended in such a way as to create a most interesting music.

Love Songs in Minor Keys is a gripping collection of stories where idealistic young characters come to grips with the reality of a world much harder than they have imagined. Cavano treats his characters with respect and insight and compassion. His writing is clear and graceful, and his characters like on in our imaginations long after the stories end. Cavano is one to watch.”
-- Tony Abbott (Ph.D., Harvard), former Pulitzer Prize Nominee and author of Leaving Maggie Hope

“By turns tough and tender, touching and tragic, Cavano’s lyrical tales of love, longing, and desire explore the mysteries of human relationships with impressive insight and sympathy. These stories resonate with the quiet power of fables and linger in the mind long after the reading is over.”
-- review by David Geherin (Ph. D., Purdue), author of Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction which was on the 2009 Short List for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best book of Literary Criticism

From the cover of
Half-past Nowhere.