Garbage Night at the Opera

a linked collection of Brooklyn stories, winner of the 2011 Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction from BkMk Press of the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Garbage Night at the Opera received the IPPY Bronze Medal in Short Fiction, was one of two finalists for Late Night Library‘s Debut-litzer Prize, and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize.

Garbage Night at the Opera covers roughly 30 years in the life of one extended family in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as they grapple with economic changes that impact their neighborhood more swiftly than they are able to adjust. These are stories about “invisible” New Yorkers, those who struggle to survive on the margins of a city that glorifies wealth and celebrity.

Listen to Jeff Webster read “Garbage Night at the Opera” at Sacramento’s Stories on Stage:

Read an interview from the blog series The Next Big Thing here.

Garbage Night at the Opera was nominated for The Story Prize. Read the blog post here.


Garbage Night at the Opera is an excellent addition to any short fiction collection focusing on the lives of New York.” –  Midwest Book Review

“It’s thoughtful, respectful, honest—and most importantly, a really good read.” – Kel Munger, Sacramento News & Review

“Her characters are real and unapologetic. Her backdrop of Brooklyn…is vivid, with language that is accessible and street as well as poetically spot on.” San Francisco Book Review

“Here, at last, is the real Brooklyn: gritty, tender, workaday, brave.” – Kate Christensen

“Deeply satisfying stories.” – Peter Orner

“Fioravanti manages–in story after story–to touch upon something profoundly human.” – Robert Boswell

Garbage Night at the Opera intimately places you inside the characters’ hearts and minds as they reckon with what cannot be salvaged — and what can.” –  Kevin McIlvoy

“Fioravanti shows us the stuff theses characters are made of, a raw mixture of despair, humor, and above all, a fighting spirit and hope.” – Naomi Benaron

“These stories display the generosity and wisdom characteristic of the best of short fiction.” –  Jacquelyn Mitchard

Would you like to listen to another story from the collection? “Beer Money” read by Gay Cooper:

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