Simon and Schuster/Bantam Press/Transworld Publishers,1999
"a novel that upholds a literary tradition of the war...funny, melancholy, romantic, distrubing. Joseph Heller, William Styron, Norman Mailer... Rinaldi belongs in their company."
—THE NEW YORK TIMES, Richard Bernstein
"Just when you think there are no new genres, along comes the poet and novelist Nicholas Rinaldi with what might be called an incendiary-pastoral novel of life during the Axis bombardment of Malta."
—THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW, Tom Drury
"…a beguiling romantic story in an illuminating and surprising setting: an American soldier on the island of Malta in World War II." — JOSEPH HELLER, author of Catch 22
"I hope this year will offer us another novel as smart and hilarious, and magical as Nicholas Rinaldi's The Jukebox Queen of Malta, but I'm not holding my breath."
—RICHARD RUSSO, auithor of Straight Man and Nobody's Fool
Harper Collins, 2004
"Geography is destiny in Nicholas Rinaldi's sprawling, elegant study... [The] characters' histories collide with real world events and with one another."
—NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW, Adam Mazmanian
"Hypnotic. Mesmerizing. Audacious. A novel of eerie dimension. A wondrously restrained group portrait of a downtown Manhattan condominium's residents and workers [whose] paths intersect and diverge, mirroring a city where innumerable private worlds collide, then float on."
—ELLE MAGAZINE, Marcelle Clements
"BETWEEN TWO RIVERS is a masterpiece...a book that will take your breath away."
—RICHARD RUSSO, Pulitzer Prize Author of EMPIRE FALLS
"This is one of those novels that seizes you from the outset, conjuring a diverse and vivid world as various as the bizarrely wonderful characters who pass through the lobby of Echo Terrace. Nicholas Rinaldi is a gifted writer—immensely articulate, lyrical, wise."
—JAY PARINI, author of THE APPRENTICE LOVER
Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 2014
From the Publisher
An irresistible novel set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and based on the real life of Tom Thumb, a young man only twenty-five inches tall, who became, in his time, America’s most famous entertainer, applauded internationally. Written by a writer whose previous work has been called “sprawling and elegant” (The New York Times Book Review), this novel weaves together a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life during the Civil War and a moving tale of one misfit’s odyssey to find his place in the world.
Written in a voice that is both witty and lyrical, and with a colorful secondary cast including Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, P.T. Barnum, and notable figures of the period, this is an evocative, poignant imagining of one man’s story at a unique moment in American history.
St. Martin's Press, 1985
“Bridge Fall Down is simply terrific, that rare combination that sticks to the ribs. It stggers the imagination that this is a first novel. Like works such as Catch-22 and Winter’s Tale, Mr. Rinaldi’s novel is cut from whole cloth”
—Vincent Patrick, author of The Pope of Greenwich Village
“An audacious debut as a first novelist . . . . Ribald, funny and shocking, the novel makes the reader pause to consider that this too truly is the way things are going . . . . Rinaldi knows our pasts and our futures, too. His satire requires attention. He writes with his poet’s skills, precise language and imagery. An engaging book.”
—Joan Williams, author of The Morning and the Evening
“This is a book about the hell of war. It is a remarkable book, full of the brutalities of warfare, the theme fully developed in bizarre episodes which fascinate and repel as the characters, vividly realized, go through intense trials in weird landscapes. The killings are awful, the writing is awfully good.”
—Richard Eberhart, poet, former Consultant to the Library of Congress