Dan Sarluca's novel-in-progress, Working Class Hero, is the story of Nick Avellino, a twenty-year-old college dropout who returns to his working class Long Island town to recover from a pair of recent tragedies: his mother’s death from cancer and a fatal shooting on his college campus. To aid his struggling family, Nick gets a job working the midnight shift at the local 7-Eleven, where a confrontation with a customer leads to Nick being hailed as a hero. But with no witnesses to what happened that night, the police are suspicious of Nick’s story and are determined to discover the truth. With the help of Alison Carpentier, a co-worker fleeing a failed marriage, Nick must come to terms with his past, his imagined future, and how seemingly small choices can change a life forever.
Dan Sarluca's essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, the New York Daily News, Newsday, and The Writer.