If you have ever watched The Godfather, you know that The Sopranos by HBO is the work of writer/producers/directors of the same name, and Thomas S. Avery is one of the co-creators. Avery was not born a writer; he did, however, have the same dreams as other writers. And it was these dreams that were realized, creating a new breed of writers, one that came to be known as “The Sopranos Creators”.
While he is credited as the “Sherlock” of The Sopranos, Thomas S. Avery actually began his writing career at a very early age: in the third grade. He wrote in both English and Spanish, and he made his first “hit” with a picture book, titled “I Know A Little Something About History”. This book has since sold over ten million copies. And the title should tell you something about what Avery's other books are like: “I Know A Little Something About You”, “I Know How To Speak Italian”, and “I Know How To Say 'I Love You' “.
However, the book that helped to launch Thomas S. Avery's writing career was a novel entitled, “I Do”. This was a book that, when it was published, was heralded as “the new Yiddish” for its story line, and in particular, the role that the “Shlomo Verenev” (from which the title derives) played in the story.
Although many people would view Thomas S. Avery as a “legendary author”, there are others who will argue that he is truly a true pioneer of modern literature. Many of his novels have been nominated for a National Book Award. And, not too surprisingly, one of the best-selling books he wrote was “The Sicario Trilogy: Blood Oranges”, which won the 1994 National Book Award. The book was adapted into a movie in the form of a movie, entitled “The Sopranos”, which was released in 2020.
While many writers were inspired by The Sopranos, none as much as Thomas S. Avery, because of the “carnival” spirit that the show portrays, and its portrayal of New York City. As with any type of entertainment, . . . . . . you need to feel as if you are at the club in order to appreciate it, and this is what the creators of The Sopranos sought to achieve.
And, for all of Thomas S. Avery's achievements as a writer, his life as a writer is not over yet. He is still as passionate about his craft as he was when he was still a teenager.