South Philly novel now available for purchase


A fiction novel set in South Philly is now available for purchase at A Novel Idea on Passyunk, 1726 E. Passyunk Ave., following an exclusive stint on Amazon.

Released in May 2020, the novel, titled Boxes – The Trappings of Society and Relationships, follows Tim Adams, a South Philly native fed up with injustice and hypocrisy in American society. It is only compounded by a combination of marital strife, corporate corruption at work and the urban decay around him. He decides to run away in the middle of the night, accompanied by his 3-year-old daughter, to escape the box he feels trapped in.

The book’s author, Tom DeSanto, who currently resides in Pasadena, California, grew up in South Philly on 10th and Carpenter.

DeSanto said not only does he want his book to get into the hearts and minds of Philadelphians, but he also wants it to get readers thinking about the world around them.  

“My mission was to write a literary novel with a page-turning mystery/adventure that inspires readers to discuss homelessness, racism, relationships, marriage and other vital issues,” DeSanto said.

More information about the book and DeSanto can be found at