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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 the Kindle Edition 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 (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,319,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 is a backward love story. Or maybe a love triangle, where one of the people is only the memory of a lost love. Something like that. Anywho, Dean (the main character) falls in love with Theresa after meeting her at a dance. They both have A Lot of "baggage." (Dean's mother appears to be schizophrenic or bi-polar, while his father is a workaholic to pay medical bills and get a break from his wife.) Then there is Theresa, her father is no longer in the picture so a depressed mom has turned into a teary lush who receives gentlemen callers at night.

So Dean & Theresa are loving on each other - in every possible way. And then: Hazah!!! Dean cheats on Theresa. Why? Who knows. He's a selfish 18 year old who acts even younger. Then he compounds the mistake by confessing everything to Theresa. (Helpful Hint: If you are unfaithful and your partner has not found out - do not tell them. You have no right to absolution, and they will leave you regardless.)

So Theresa leaves Dean. For good. He turns into a drunk womanizer. And then he meets Maddie. She loves Dean - God only knows why. He can't keep a job (because "the man" is always trying to oppress him.) I'm not sure if "the man" objects to his relationship with his children or not. Probably. He barely knows them and I'm fairly certain they hate him. So in despair Dean attempts to end his life by carbon monoxide poisoning. (Big surprise: he flubs that up as well.)

His wife, Maddie, finds him in the garage. He is drunk. The car ran out of gas - thus prolonging his miserable existence. On the seat next to Dean is a picture of Theresa. Maddie asks Dean if he's unhappy and wants her to leave.
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