Eggplant Alley Kindle å Hardcover

Eggplant Alley Kindle å Hardcover

9 thoughts on “Eggplant Alley

  1. Cd Cd says:

    Having read his non fiction works with great enjoyment I wondered what would be brought to the pages of a first time novel What I found was a story beautifully told and artfully written Cataneo brings to life the world as seen through the eyes of 13 year old Nicky Martini It's the 60s It's city life in the Bronx It's before the age of computer screens and iPods; before multiplexes and cable tv A time when a kid still believed he could make a difference simply by playing a game of stickball The characters created are so real and believable you find yourself right by Nicky's side as he sets out on his uest experiencing every bit of his triumph and tragedy along the way From the 5 things he believes ruined his childhood to making new friends to discovering the sad truth about racism and loss you're there Humorous sad witty and hopeful with a message that's as real today as it was for Nicky Martini and his best friend Lester Allnuts Eggplant Alley is a must read not only for the young adult but for anyone who's ever been thirteen

  2. Terry Terry says:

    Adult Reader Nicky's is a coming of age story that will appeal to older readers or kids living in an urban environment Nicky and Lester are real characters whose friendship is genuine Readers will connect with them the dilemmas they face and their attitudes toward change and growing upTo read our full review go to the Reading Tub

  3. Emily Cataneo Emily Cataneo says:

    Eggplant Alley is a wonderfully moving book that will appeal to all ages It may be marketed as a young adult book but it will resonate with young and old alike It's a coming of age story that deals with issues of race nostalgia familial loyalty and friendship and all of the characters are compelling and finely drawn Highly recommended

  4. Linda Lombardi Linda Lombardi says:

    Everything about this book was great except the end This is the sort of thing that reminds me why I stick to reading genre fiction where the deal with the reader is that unless it's a series the end is going to be an end But I recognize this is my problem if you're capable of appreciating normal literature this is excellent

  5. Suzy Suzy says:

    I loved it I am sure part of it is that Nicky who tells the story grew up as I did during the war in Viet Nam He tells a touchingly beautiful story about friends family and the Bronx during that tumultuous era Rang very true for me

  6. Julie Julie says:

    Okay A little slow and somewhat predictable

  7. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Own on Kindle

  8. Randi Randi says:

    Pretty much 45 stars It's the early 70s the Vietnam War racism the Bronx it's not Brooklyn but close enough stickball and a prized Spaldeen timeless themes for old and young

  9. Celeste Celeste says:

    A generally good coming of age story although there were times when I had to walk away from the book because the main character kept doing things I knew were going to cause trouble

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Eggplant Alley [Read] ➬ Eggplant Alley ➵ David Cataneo – The hero of Cataneo's intensely moving novel is thirteen year old Nicky Martini who lives in an apartment complex known as Eggplant Alley in the Bronx in 1970 and struggles to cope with a changing fam The hero of Cataneo's intensely moving novel is thirteen year old Nicky Martini who lives in an apartment complex known as Eggplant Alley in the Bronx in and struggles to cope with a changing family a changing neighborhood and a changing world Long haired hippies racial tension and the divisive Viet Nam war leave Nicky longing for the good old days Nicky's complaints and remembrances revolve around the five things that ruined his childhood the nosebleed he received from President Kennedy; the Great Northeast Blackout which he thought he caused; the end of neighborhood stickball games; the departure to Viet Nam of his beloved big brother Roy; and Roy's hippie girlfriend Margalo With Roy overseas for a year Nicky is left behind with two distracted worried parents And for him enough is enough He decides to do something about the endless downward spiral of events He decides to lead a crusade to revive neighborhood stickball which he is sure will spark a return to all that was innocent and beautiful about the good old days In the course of his year long uest Nicky confronts an ancient fortune teller from the second floor; Willie Mays; his father's deep dark secret from World War II; neighborhood bullies; and a huge romantic crush on Margalo Most important is his encounter with Lester Allnuts a new kid in the building who gives Nicky a fresh outlook on Eggplant Alley and eventually on life in general Lester is a country boy with a deep secret and that secret makes him as eager as Nicky to revive stickball and rejuvenate Eggplant Alley Working together toward the same goal for entirely different reasons the boys develop a strong friendship Before the year without Roy is over Nicky learns Lester's secret and realizes the destructiveness of prejudice and fear and the value of empathy and forgiveness And he ultimately learns there is something far richer than the good old days real hope for a better future DMCataneo is a native New Yorker and a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University's School of Public Communication who worked for years for the Boston Globe and Boston Herald as a reporter columnist and editor He is the author of six non fiction books He is currently teaching at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Durham NH with his family.

  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Eggplant Alley
  • David Cataneo
  • English
  • 12 December 2016
  • 9781593731465