29 November 2011

BROOKLYN STORY by Suzanne Corso

Brooklyn Story
*319 pages                                                                        

About the Author:  Suzanne Corso is a documentary producer and the author of two feature film screenplays and one children's book. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about Suzanne go here!

Perfectly evoking the sights and sounds of the summer of 1978 in Brooklyn, Suzanne Corso makes an acclaimed fiction debut with this powerful coming-of-age tale, told from an adult perspective, of family, best friends, first loves, and big dreams waiting to come true. . . . Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old, half Jewish and half Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brooklyn. She lives in Bensonhurst with her mother, Joan, a woman poisoned with cynicism and shackled by addictions; and with her Grandma Ruth, Samantha’s loudest and most opinionated source of encouragement. As flawed as they are, they are family. And this is home—a tight-knit community of ancestors and traditions, of controlling mobsters, compliant wives, and charismatic young guys willing to engage in anything illegal to get a shot at playing with the big boys. Yet Samantha has something that even her most simpatico girlfriend, Janice Caputo, doesn’t share—a desire to become a writer and to escape their insular, overcrowded little world and the destiny that is assumed for all of them.
Then comes Tony Kroon. He’s a gorgeous mobster wannabe, a Bensonhurst Adonis whose seductive charms Samantha finds irresistible—even when she knows she’s too smart to fall this deep . . . but Samantha soon finds herself swallowed up by dangerous circumstances that threaten to jeopardize more than her dreams. Grandma Ruth’s advice: Samantha had better write herself out of this story and into a new one, fast.
I read this book while on my maternity leave in between midnight newborn feedings and it had me turning page after page! I think my lack of sleep was due to wanting to finish this story...not the baby's fault! To me this novel is greatly effected by its setting, which I can not say I understand very well since I wasn't even thought of in the 1970s but yet I can feel the atmosphere of Brooklyn, see its people and streets, hear the conversations, smell its food, I feel like Suzanne Corso has put me right in the middle of the setting! I was also reminded of my own adolescence, the pain of growing up, the need for something more than what you have, the negatives and positives of relationships-the topics covered in this novel that "hit home" seemed endless! It is a must read for any woman! Corso has won me over! I can't believe its her first novel and I'm sure it won't be her last!
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This review was written for the sponsor who provided the complimentary product for my honest opinions.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I was one of those people running around in the 70's ;)