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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439190232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439190234
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Tony Manero wouldn't be out of place in this competent coming-of-age debut set in 1978 Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where Samantha Bonti longs to make it in the big time across the East River. With her Smith-Corona, ambition, good looks, and little else--Sam's Jewish mom's a bitter, drunken mess on welfare, her Italian dad's long gone--the 15-year-old negotiates the shady world of the "Brooklyn Boys" and what it means to be the girlfriend of mob acolyte Tony Kroon. "All ya need is me," he ominously insists. Corso gets the Brooklyn dialect pitch-perfect and keeps the pace brisk, and though the narration too often reads like stage notes, the universal story of longing, loyalty, and growing up rings true. (Jan.) (c)
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"This is a wonderful and moving nostalgia trip. Corso is a gifted and sensitive writer, and her debut novel is straight from the heart."

--Nelson DeMille

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Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso is a compelling read about one girl finding her path and what obstacles she has to hurdle to pursue her dream or alter her course.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on December 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In August, 1978, Samantha, "Sam" Bonti, is a fifteen-year-old living in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She dreams of someday becoming a writer and crossing the Bridge to become a success in Manhattan.

Sam is half-Jewish, half-Catholic, in a neighborhood that is predominately Catholics of Italian heritage. Sometimes she is shunned in this Italian neighborhood. Luckily, as she begins high school, she meets Janice Caputo, a senior at the school. Janice is street savvy and becomes Sam's best friend.

At the feast of Santa Rosalia, mixed with the sounds of the elevated subway and the sizzle and aroma of sausage and peppers, Janice introduces Sam to a twenty-year-old named Tony Kroon. Kroon is also of mixed heritage being Dutch-Italian. He's a construction worker with muscles to prove it. Sam becomes infatuated with Tony and believes that she's met her dream man. She writes about her experiences in the manuscript she is working on and feels a happiness unlike anything she's felt before. However, she's conscientious with Tony because of her sick mother and the fact that she and her mother live on Sam's grandmother's social security and Sam's mother's welfare checks.

Although happy in her relationship with Tony, Tony turns out to be a controlling person and wants their romance to progress to a degree that Sam isn't ready for. She creates boundaries and demands his respect.

The novel continues with the relationship and the Italian friends of Tony, who are obviously doing illegal things. When Tony begins spending large amounts of money on Sam, she is concerned about where the money came from.

In this touching story, we experience Tony going from the controlling person to become abusive and we observe the effect on Sam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the summer of 1978, fifteen year old Samantha Bonti of Bensonhurst dreams of becoming a writer living on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Being half-Jewish and with no father in the household since her Italian dad abandoned her and her mom, Sam is treated as a pariah by the Italian Catholic neighbors. Her Jewish mother Joan is filled with rage at humanity including her daughter and alcohol fuels her bitterness; while Grandma Ruth is her cheerleader encouraging Sam to go for it. Sam's BFF is fellow outcast Janice Caputo who loathes her heritage that she sees as stifling crap in which males thrive to be the next great gangster.

Sam's world spins out of control when she meets half-Sicilian, half-Dutch Tony Kroon, a mobster in training. She falls in love with him as she believes he understands her dual heritage. However, Tony warns her to never question his work. Her mom normally ignores her but tells her to dump him as he is no good; Grandma Ruth tells her bubelah to drop him before she loses her dream and becomes her mother's clone.

This is an entertaining character study of a teen seeking to belong while also dreaming of escaping to that other island across the water. Sam makes the tale work as readers will dream a little dream with her (paraphrasing Mama Cass) while also wondering whether she will cross the East River to truly go after her desires or remain in Brooklyn with Tony who climbs the ladder of his chosen vocation.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne E. Conner on March 4, 2011
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Suzanne Corso has written a brave, inspiring and honest book.

Suzanne instantly puts us in the world of her story as struggling teenage girl in Bensonhurst working hard to get to Manhattan to fulfill her dreams.

Some people are born in a hard knock life and simply choose accept these hardships as their lot and settle. Not Suzanne. Though she didn't have a lot growing up Suzanne held strong to the support of her best friend, grandma and a couple of authority figures that believed in her talent and more importantly they believed in her ability to make her dreams of becoming a successful writer a reality despite the horrific circumstances bombarding her at evey turn.

In every chapter I caught my self rooting for her success. I wanted her to get across the Brooklyn Bridge to her personal version of Oz. This teenage girl experiences more in first sixteen years than most adults experience in a life time. With abusive boyfriends, the local mafia, puberty, murders, an alcoholic mother, absent father and her greatest support system transitioning, Suzanne constantly holds steadfast to her dream and reminds us to do the same.

I give her book FIVE STARS and appreciate how forthcoming and heartfelt Brooklyn Story is and look forward to the sequel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marta Alen on December 27, 2010
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This is the story of a young woman who had the odds stacked against her and triumphed. Her voice is that of a survivor. All she had was her belief in herself and her faith. She will win your heart from the very first sentence to the very last. You will not be able to put the book down until you know what's to become of her. Then it leaves you wondering ... Where is Samantha Bonti today?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bridget3420 on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Brilliantly written and fascinating, Brooklyn Story is unique book that worms its way into your heart. I will never forget this heartfelt book and all of the emotions that it invokes in the reader. Suzanne's inspirational writing is pure and a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend this book to other readers.
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