About the Book:
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: (sixoneseven) books (May 1, 2012)
About the Author:
This delightful (?) book is told through the eyes of young Ricky Davis – the son of small time bookie and big time dreamer Harry. His mother Pearl works for an entertainment lawyer in New York city and she yearns for so much more from life. They live in the Bronx – a Bronx that is deteriorating around them. Harry is always working on the next big deal but nothing ever comes through; in fact he is currently so far in debt to the local gangster Nathan that the enforcers have been threatening Ricky. Nathan is in love with Pearl and will cancel the debt for one night with her – but Pearl won’t cheat on Harry and Nathan is a pig. Ricky thinks he needs to save his family but all of his ideas only raise small amounts of money and/or lead to him getting beat up.
This book is pitch perfect in character, time period and dialog. In spite of some cringe worthy passages I didn’t want to leave Ricky and his truly crazy life. It was like stepping into a black and white movie from my childhood and I could hear those New York accents from home. Poor Ricky finds himself in some highly inappropriate situations but that is where the lessons occur. His mother over-shares, his father is always looking for the next big money making opportunity and rationalizing actions is a way of life. Mr. Goldstein knows how to create mood and set tone and I’d love to see what happens to Ricky next.
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