June 2017 Feature

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Mr. Boardwalk

by Louis Greenstein
New Door Books, 2014

Rounding our our first season, June's pick is an impeccably paced account of a young boy's first love -- dazzling Atlantic City in its heyday -- and the inevitable heartache he's forced to face. From the back:

At the age of seven, Jason Benson first experiences the wonders of Atlantic City — carnival rides, fortune-tellers, fudge shops, arcades and Miss America. Smitten, he decides to live there forever. But when we meet him as an adult in New York, he’s been keeping his youth a secret from his wife and daughter. What happened? This dual coming-of-age tale traces the excitement and perils of the young Jason and the moral growth of the adult who must confront his past.

Mr. Boardwalk's descriptions of Atlantic City are like paintings: drawn with mesmerizing detail, so real you feel like you could step inside it. And for a whiff of fresh pretzel or the sea-salt air, you'll want to.

For more from Louis, connect with his author page on Facebook and @LouisGreenstein on Twitter. For more from New Door Books, visit newdoorbooks.com.

To purchase Mr. Boardwalk and other great books from this season, visit the Bookstore!