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Welcome to Scranton Paperback – November 24, 2010
About the Author
Greg Halpin was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He opened gourmet coffee shop Café del Sol in the mid 1990s where some of the scenes take place in Welcome to Scranton. Halpin now lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife Elisha. He works for his alma mater, Penn State University. Halpin hosts a Jazz program each month on WPSU-FM. You can listen online at www.wpsu.org
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The book follows the same sort of outline as movies like "American Graffiti" or "Diner", or books like "Cannery Row". It is populated by different types of people who are fairly realistic versions of real people. It consists of little events, life dramas, complications and successes and failures and concerns that reflect the real lives of these people. There's some dramatic license and plotting, but just enough to keep the characters and the book moving forward. The point isn't primarily to "tell a story" or develop some featured character. The point, to me anyway, is to capture the authentic feel of a real place in a way that invites the reader to experience something that might otherwise be foreign to them. In this the author succeeds.
So, I enjoyed this book immensely, although my feelings were influenced in large part by the pleasure I took in this trip down memory lane. The gravy days of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and all of the towns in-between are now long gone, (along with Vaudeville, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Big Coal), but if you are interested in what was left behind and how the survivors are doing, this book would be an interesting and rewarding choice.
I hoped for better, but this novella wasn't to my taste.