The University of Wisconsin Press



Brooklyn Boy
Alan Lelchuk

Library of American Fiction

Terrace Books

“Straightforward and unpretentious . . . rich in detail . . . absolutely authentic . . . Brooklyn is the real hero.”
—Wallace Stegner

Follow the growth and fortune of Aaron Schlossberg as he moves from boyhood to early adulthood, from domestic turmoil to gutsy independence, from Brooklyn to Manhattan and the open sea. The story records the shaping of a young sensibility under the influence of a powerful place and time. While laying out a boy’s moral and romantic journey, Brooklyn Boy also pays homage to and is a personal mapping of a legendary site. Aaron’s history is Brooklyn’s.

Lelchuk’s eloquence could give the most complacent Angeleno a major guilt trip. How could we have stolen away the Dodgers from that sacred shrine, that magical homeland of True Believers? With its intriguing overlapping patterns and its endearing questing hero, Lelchuk’s new work does further enrich that rich body of literature about growing up as a ‘Brooklyn Boy’”
—Los Angeles Times

Alan Lelchuk was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is the author of the novels American Mischief, Shrinking, Miriam at Thirty-four, and Miriam in her Forties. He is on the faculty of Dartmouth College and is cofounder of Steerforth Press. His newest book is Ziff: A Life?

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March 2003
304 pp.    6 x 9

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