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Mr. Boardwalk Paperback – June 3, 2014
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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My husband requested that I download this book because a Facebook friend had written it. I downloaded a sample, and way before I completed it, I ordered the book. The descriptions are rich and wonderful. I'm a voracious reader, and often I will skip some of the descriptions to get to plot points more quickly. But not this time. I found myself rereading some of the descriptions so I could be sure I was getting every last little morsel of detail. No word felt extraneous, none was wasted. I wanted to savor each and every part. I found the style somewhat reminiscent of John Irving, perhaps even E.L. Doctorow.
I wanted to write a review from the beginning, but I wanted to make sure the author could sustain the voice of the novel and bring off the story line before doing so. So I waited. I spent the afternoon yesterday reading the rest of the book, and I can say without reservation that this book accomplished all it set out to. I loved it. I hope the book gets the readership and the review exposure that it so deserves. Thanks, Louis, for an exceptional read. I hope you have more wonderful literature in store for us.
When Jason Benson's father decides to chuck his job and open a pretzel stand at the ocean, Jason enters a wonderful world of gypsies, mystics and puppeteers where every day is literally a day at the beach. He makes friends and learns to juggle. Life is perfect every summer, but when September rolls around and the family returns to Philadelphia, reality sets in and everything loses its luster.
The reader gets to watch Jason grow, and share in his joys and sorrows. Things change and he is powerless to stop them. For Jason, there will be love and loss, lies and discoveries, and hard lessons in the folly of forcing someone else to share your dream.
Greenstein has perfectly captured the sights, sounds and smells of that magical place by the sea in his tale of Atlantic City BEFORE legalized gambling and Donald Trump ruined the place.
This is a terrific, nostalgia-laced read about a place that no longer exists except in beautiful memory.
If the purpose of a novel is to transport us to place and time we’ve never experienced and turn the last page transformed by the experience, then Mr. Boardwalk has achieved this exceptionally well.