Iovino is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves (1971-1977). He includes reading the classics among his many passions. Beginning with the Iliad nearly thirty-five years ago, he has been nurtured on a steady diet of religion, philosophy, politics, history, science and drama. Iovino also has an extensive collection of popular music and owns every Top 40 song from 1955-2000.
Iovino currently resides in eastern Virginia with his wife of forty-two years, Christina Marie. His oldest daughter is an attorney in Miami, Florida, his second daughter is a Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia, and his son recently completed his master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College in Cambridge, MA.
“Papa,” the Santo family’s protective and eccentric patriarch, is a man of many obsessions. As he struggles for control in the lives of his loved ones, he’s driven to meticulously collect the items that make up the world around him. But no amount of obsessing can give him what he desires most: a grandson to carry on the family name. Or can it? When Papa’s carefree son Ricky finds himself the beneficiary of a beautiful girl’s indiscretion, he soon learns he might be the father of Natalie’s growing child. The possibility sparks a high-stakes game in which Ricky and Natalie are pawns to Papa’s ambitions. The Santo legacy hangs in the balance, but so do the futures of all involved.