- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432739255
- ISBN-13: 978-1432739256
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,306,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As Long As You Can See the Clock, You're Okay: South Brooklyn in the '50s
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About the Author
Grace Zolla Protano is a retired English teacher who lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband Nick. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she incorporates into many of her short stories and poetry the nuances privy to a native of that great borough. Long Island has been Grace's home for thirty-five years. Her experiences with teaching teenagers for most of that time, raising three teenage daughters, and being a teenager herself in Brooklyn, provide a look into the heart of a kid--with its conflicts, its sadness, and its unbridled silliness. Protano is also the author of ABSENT FROM CLASS and its sequel WHATEVER YOU SAY, CECI, both dealing with teacher burnout. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Where the book rips itself away from the fabric of my past comes from the authors experiences concerning her mother. For any child, a young girl especially, to have to endure recurrent emotional and physical withdrawal from a beloved parent is heartwrenching. The author handles it with skill, allowing her pain to show, yet not wallowing in self pity. Her words skillfully showcase how loving and strong her father was and how her brothers grew into fine, caring young men under difficult circumstances.
Bravo Ms. Portano! The book is a keeper.
I think we all make mistakes as kids/teens with our parents that we regret later in life and sometimes even vice versa. Some people have the chance to say they are sorry and some unfortunately do not. Anyway.... terrific job. I found myself going through mixed emotions. I laughed out loud at the author's great sense of humor, and I felt the author's pain as I read along.
And from a Wisconsinite, I'd like to say thanks for the shout out for our Bradley Clock!!
Would love the author to write another book.