Eugene Mirabelli

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Gene Mirabelli

The Goddess in Love with a Horse


The Passion of Terri Heart

The Language Nobody Speaks

The World at Noon

The Queen of the Rain Was in Love with the Prince of the Sky. This is a mini-book, a tale which tells why no two snowflakes are alike.

Photo credit of the author by Lynn Finley.


Eugene Mirabelli's most recent novel, Renato, the Painter, was awarded the top prize in the coveted literary fiction category of the 2013 Independent Publishers Book Awards. It was published by McPherson & Co. in May, 2012. It's available in bookstores and from the publisher's web site, and also at Amazon. Mirabelli is the author of eight novels, plus short stories, poems, many journalistic pieces and numerous book reviews.

Renato Stillamare, the protagonist of Renato, the Painter, paints landscapes as if they were nudes, and nudes as if they were landscapes. One winter's night seventy years earlier in a suburb of Boston, he was found swaddled in a basket outside the front door of a large, resourceful, passionate, and somewhat rash Sicilian-American clan named Cavallů, which adopted him. He may be the best painter of his generation (he doesn't know anyone better), but his canvasses are no longer in demand, nor have they been for the twenty-five years since he last had a Newbury Street gallery show. After retiring from teaching at Copley College of Art, Renato has retreated to his studio, if retreat is the word, where he is furiously painting, painting, painting, determined to be rediscovered. Renato is a force of nature, a big-hearted, lusty, opinionated, and occasionally intemperate man of large appetites whose children (including a daughter by his accidental mistress) are all grown up and dispersed, whose best friend (whom he misses more than anyone) died years ago, whose occasional wife (the love of his life) lives in a condo on the opposite bank of the Charles, and whose life is about to become much more complicated when the goth-bedecked daughter of a former student crashes at his loft with her little boy. The uproarious story of Renato's 70th year, which he unabashedly recounts with amazement and verve, is about extraordinary things simply happening to an ordinary man caught up in living life to the fullest. A funny, touching, even magical novel, Renato, the Painter is a splendid addition to the shelf of such literary classics as The Ginger Man and The Horse's Mouth.

“This generous, sprawling, fleshy novel of a life lived among lovers, friends, olives, wine, bread, and prosciutto, is a fresco of Sicilian-American-New England life. It is also an American story that shows just how a first generation of immigrants branch from village craftsmen to engineers and artists. Renato, the grumbling bohemian painter, is the genial pater of an unusual famiglia, who is still propelled by immigrant optimism in the age of computers. He is a not-quite-successful painter or husband who loves both painting and sex with greedy bonhommie until, as an old man, he finds his imperfect life quite adequate in midst of a motley nouveau family.” — Andrei Codrescu, author of whatever gets you through the night: a story of sheherezade and the arabian entertainments.

“In this portrait of an artist full of lust and rage, Eugene Mirabelli once again marries the realistic and romantic modes. Renato, the Painter offers us the intimate workins of an aging man at the height of his powers who fears that they will ebb; he and his women and paintings are vividly rendered: fierce, fine.” — Nicholas Delbanco, author of Lastingness: The Art of Old Age.

“A lively comic romp through the early high promise of the painter Renato, and his late-life desperation over the art world's non-recognition of his work. Age bends and fate twists this artist, but he carroes on with his 'perishable art and human love'—the indefatigable artist as his own work of art.” — William Kennedy

Selected Works

Click on the line above for a quick list of what critics have said about Gene Mirabelli's fiction over the years
The story begins in mid-nineteenth century Sicily and ends in twentieth century Massachusetts -- and a lot of remarkably strange, passionate and utterly true things (the way fiction is true) happen in between.
Catholic parochial school graduate becomes a pornographic movie actress, has a child and a mystic vision of herself as the Mother of Milk and Honey, establishes a commune to love the loveless.

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