Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dear Great Book Guru, Now that summer is almost a distant memory, my thoughts turn to  the many upcoming events here in Sea Cliff, starting with the Good of the Village's Antique Fair this Saturday, September 7 from 9 to 4 at the Saint Boniface Field followed by Sea Cliff Fire Department's  Music by the Harbor at 5:30 at Sea Cliff Beach. What fun!   Do have a good book that I can read between events? Enjoying September in Sea Cliff

Dear Enjoying September,  I just finished a very moving book- some might call it a coming of age piece but it is much more than that .  BREWSTER  by Mark Slouka is set in 1968, in  Brewster, New York,  a sleepy town near the Connecticut border, an hour or two from Woodstock . The novel focuses on two young people who particularly need to move on: Jon whose  immigrant  parents have shut down emotionally, and Ray whose family life is suffused with violence.  Both families are suffering from the  after effects of World War II but the  country has little sympathy, as it is  enmeshed in another war.  Vietnam,  the Beatles, the draft, Charles Manson - all color the lives of these teenagers . The tragedy that finally allows the boys to leave is long in coming but shocking nevertheless.  This is not an easy book to read, but  worthwhile.

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