From the multi-award-winning author of Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball comes another inspiring novel about friends, family… and baseball.
Our first friends. Our first enemies.
Our past. Our present.
The Bronx, New York, 1972
Being Brothers is a story, within a story, within a story, sparked by the fortuitous, life-changing epiphany of Mark Marino, a content middle-aged man who discovers an untapped well of repressed, unrealized dreams.
Another character, Jack Amato, frequently revisits the neighborhood to ground himself by the sights, smells, and memories of the past, through the coming-of-age experiences of Jackie, the spacey, slightly awkward, yet lovable version of his younger self who grew up in the Bronx in the 1970s – a time of street games, young love, best friends, little league, mean teachers, and the love/hate, friend/enemy dynamics of sibling rivalry.
While Mark, Jack, and Jackie exist in separate worlds, they are all connected by the outcome of Mark’s serendipitous moment.
Being Brothers takes the listener on a journey back in time to a much simpler era and examines the experiences of family, friendship, life lessons, and the profound impact of our past.
For those who lived it, enjoy the story of your past, and for those who didn’t, sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.
Coolestmommy R –
While I loved the story, I had trouble staying involved with the style. It’s written as a screenplay and those are not my cup of tea. If you can ignore the screenplay directions, the story is captivating and reminds me of a simpler time in my own life.