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Beyond Nostalgia Paperback – February 12, 2011

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"A memorable story that you'll want to read again and again." - Author George Polley
 
"Beautiful descriptions, incredible imagery and a well-told story narrated by the main character, Dean Cassidy." - Author Kathryn Brown
 
"Tom Winton is a man who writes with his pen dipped in his soul." - Author Stacey Danson
 
"Beyond Nostalgia was written and described so beautifully by Tom Winton, that I feel it goes far beyond the word `nostalgia'." - Author Phyllis Burton

About the Author

Said to be a man who writes with his pen dipped in his soul, Tom Winton has been listed as an Amazon "Top 100 Author" in Literary Fiction. 

His debut novel Beyond Nostalgia has been likened to literary classics such as Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. Praised as "A 20th Century Gone with the Wind," Beyond Nostalgia is a four-time Amazon Bestseller.

His second novel The Last American Martyr has been on six bestseller lists at the same time, and his third book Four Days with Hemingway's Ghost has been a repeat bestseller as well.

Tom's newest release, a novella entitled Within a Man's Heart, was an Amazon "Hot New Release" shortly after its publication in January of 2013. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460920937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460920930
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,922,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I read some fiction although not a large amount. This book was recommended by my wife who thought I would really enjoy it which I did. She said that parts of Dean Cassidy reminded her of me (Don't know if that is good or bad!)
Rather than describe the book, which has already been done in other reviews, what I will say is that the author does an outstanding job of using words as his paintbrush to paint scenes and images of the characters in your mind. This book held my interest much better than books I have read that were on the best seller list. Although it was late at night there was no way I was going to bed without finishing it and knowing the ending, the sign of a great book. I also found myself trying to guess how it was going to end. Hopefully, enough people will learn of this book that it achieves the success it so richly deserves.
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Tom Winton writes about a part of my life again in "Beyond Nostalgia." In the first half of the book Dean Cassidy looks back forty years at his hard childhood and the only bright spark in it, the day he met Theresa Wayman. They fell totally head over in heels in love. In some parallel universe, they probably spent the rest of their life together, but in this universe he made a terrible mistake and their paths diverged.

He marries Maddy Frances and they build a life together even though life is hard and he doesn't expect much. He writes a novel filled with the story of the how life is tough for the 99%. He believes "...that nobody, and I mean nobody gets rich without in one way or another exploiting others along the way. They are all users!"

Once again God or some higher power steps in and he realizes that ethics or some kind of moral values are all that matter.

I don't know what to think about his disdain for the 1%. Does he really believe that there should be limits on the earnings of the 1%. Is he the socialist or redistributionist he touts? He certainly suffers, but through his own efforts, manages to get through the hard times. Isn't that what we value in this country?

I give the book five stars. Tom Winton could make reading the telephone book interesting.
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"I once believed soft, warm, beautiful things could never flourish in an environment of hard concrete and cold, dark bricks. In a tough paycheck-to-paycheck, hard-luck place with a name like Flushing, life's finer things appeared only in dreams."

So begins Tom Winton's fine novel about a young high school student named Dean Cassidy, whose negative philosophy and grinding, dysfunctional family life appears both intransigent and rapidly headed downhill. I thought: "Can a story this gloomy be anything other than a really depressing read?" Yes it can, especially in Tom Winton's capable hands. It's a page-turner that I couldn't put down. It's one of the best tales I've read.

Don't get me wrong, there is plenty in Dean Cassidy's young life that could easily sink his future - a clinically depressed mother, a crappy apartment in an old building, a frustrated father, alcohol, drugs - you name it ... except that this kid just refuses to give up.

Then along comes Theresa, the dream of any hormonally charged, young man. She sees and homes in like a laser on his inner strength. How can these two lovers possibly make it with all the odds they face? Will they make it? If they do, what will their life be like? If they don't, then what?

Do they make it and live happily together forever? You'll have to read the book to find out. Does Dean achieve his great dream of being a writer? Does he have the stamina and the guts to stay at it, come what may? Again, you'll have to read the book to find out. But here's a clue: Everyone reviewing the book on Amazon.com gives it a 5-star thumbs up. That's 19 people as of a moment ago, not including me. With my vote, that's 20. Not surprising at all. I can't wait to read his next novel.
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This was recommended to me by Mark Williams, co-author of the Kindle UK best-seller Sugar & Spice, but when he told me it was one of the best books he'd EVER read I confess to questioning his judgement.

What would a writer of gritty crime thrillers know about romantic literary fiction?

Quite a lot, it seems.

This book is quite simply in a league of its own. I was stunned.

Previous reviewers have already summarised the storyline, so here just to say, this is a novel of exceptional quality.

The five stars available are quite inadequate to do it justice.
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I tried to get through this book and finally decided that life is too short for even stubbornness and that there are better written efforts out there. I could see how the author really tried, and his attention to detail was well done in a few places, but...the overall plot was SO repetitious. Dean: I smell great, I'm so suave, Theresa is the most beautiful girl in the whole world and every guy wants her, but she's MINE and you can't have her, our mothers are nuts and I'll tell you all these things again and again. Reading this felt like some aging cousin I barely know trapping me in a corner at a family party just as an outlet for reliving his glory days. And what passed for editing was awful. The author clearly relied on computer spell check alone for that--too many it's for its and your for you're and I was audibly groaning. Good thing it was a freebie!
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