Grant Avenue

My first work of fiction, Grant Avenue, is now available on Amazon & Createspace as an Ebook and paperback. Also available at independent book stores. Below is a brief synopsis of the short stories.

Growing up in a working class neighborhood during the sixties and seventies, a boy nurtures the improbable dream of becoming a great artist. Along the way, he has to navigate the stern discipline of his parents, the gritty streets of his youth and the hallowed linoleum halls of Catholic school, mined with priests and nuns. At times funny, and at other times poignant and lyrical, Grant Avenue follows Nick Castagno from the age of six through his first semester at Rutgers University. From the opening story, “Around the Dinner Table”, in which young Nick is confronted with his father’s strange notion of discipline through “My Summer of Insanity” whereupon Nick finds himself working at a state hospital, to the final story, “This Street of Woe and an Artist at Last” in which Nick finally comes to terms with his childhood, his family and the legacy of Grant Avenue, the book resonates as a honest portrayal of life during that time.


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