- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: The Elevated Press; First edition (June 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966240898
- ISBN-13: 978-0966240894
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,723,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This growing-up-in-the-Bronx story is the sequel to the author’s Sewer Balls (1998), bringing the tale up to the present in the chapters headed “Now” and flashing back to the sixties and seventies in those labeled “Then.” The novel is a blend of fiction and nonfiction; the narrator, although named Vinnie Schmidt, is the author of Sewer Balls, about which the neighborhood he revisits has very mixed feelings. The core of the book is Vinnie’s search for his childhood friend Whitey, with whom he and the community have lost contact. Whitey had once been implicated in a killing at the Hunts Point Produce Market, though there is uncertainty and rumor about the circumstances and his fate. The book has a vivid sense of place and a nice period feel, but there is too much nostalgic impedimenta in proportion to the flimsy plot, and the author has some trouble managing the sensibilities in the respective sections. The ending, however, though sentimental, is fittingly sweet and conclusive; there will not be a sewer-ball trilogy. --Mark Levine
As a reader I definitely recommend this tale, as this story will definitely hit a chord in everyone's mind, heart and soul, to go back to the past without packing a suitcase as a New Yorker or not. -Life Changes blogspot --Review-Life Changes blogspot<br \><br \>The author was so descriptive and puts the reader deep in the midst of the story. I would recommend this book to everyone, so follow Whitey and Vinny--from past to present--secrets that were kept below the surface come to the top to eventually explode when past and present collide. I give this book 4 STARS. -Be My Own blogspot --Review- Be My Own blogspot
'The Last Sewer Ball' by Steven Schindler, blends just the right amount of mystery, suspense, romance, and personality to bring alive the gritty streets of the Bronx in the 1960's and present day. This book is a coming-of-age story told in a fresh way, jumping with seamless energy from present to past and back again. With the story of Vinny and Whitey, Schindler shows that true friendship does not disappear with distance or time apart. Friendships built on shared experiences and lessons learned are the ties that bind.' - Examiner.com --Examiner.com
'Nostalgic, touching sequel explores the bonds of friendship and memory at midlife... this is a novel that will be warmly nostalgic for NYC natives, but also touching to anyone who had that special group of friends who faced the craziness of growing up together.' -ForeWord Reviews --ForeWordReviews.com
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This is a must read for anyone from the neighborhood and a must read for anyone wanting to understand the core of those of us who were there. FIVE STARS !!!!! I highly recommend all of Steve's books.
Each of his books has been a window into a world of emotion, hope, and experience, with a narrative voice that takes the reader effortlessly from present to past. In his books to date, his canvas is rooted in his New York upbringing, and the fascination for the reader is to experience how he skilfully juxtaposes his own story - happy, sad and often hilarious - and his strong sense of values, and his deep and abiding relationships, with the ongoing roller-coaster ride of new adventures, and new levels of understanding, good and not-so-good, but always intriguing, challenging and deeply rooted in basic human nature.
Schindler is a truth-seeker. His work is a reminder that one should always remember one's roots, and to try to be honest, at least to one's self, about how those filters of memory determine one's day-to-day actions, judgements and decisions.
"The Last Sewer Ball" is, in my opinion, Schindler's best... so far. It is a focused, fast-moving search for the answer to questions from the past. The book is always surprising, and always alive in each moment, and in the leaps that each moment changes the hero Vinnie's circumstances. With a bust-up marriage and and a job that dried up, things are not so good for him, but the hunt for an old friend will take him back to the ground zero of his young life, where he will have to solve a mystery that may change everything.
When I finished the book, I thought that this was Schindler's "masterpiece." It certainly is his best to date, but I look forward to many more compelling tales. So read "The Last Sewer Ball" now, and also all of Shindler's other fine publications. Together they paint a picture of a life well-lived, and lessons hard learned. Thoroughly recommended reading.