The second time I am reading this outstanding novel by my main man Kevin McPartland Kevin tells a great story about Brooklyn in the 1960’s.
I highly recommend you order it…Brownstone Dreams.
Back in September of 2013, Kevin McPartland sent me his new novel.
I got through the first few chapters, then I put it down. Not that it was bad or anything, it’s just at times I’m a bit crazy when it comes to reading.
I take on many books at one time. I know, that’s a bad habit. I have trouble finishing. Always moving on to something else.
The other night in my basement while going through my book collection which is well over 200 books (Miss Monzillo would be proud of me) I pulled “Brownstone Dreams” and started it over.
Can’t put it down. Won’t put it down until I finish! I promise…
Great job Kevin, by the way, love Chapter 4, Prospect Park. I too had a similar experience.
I highly recommend getting K-Mac’s book – you’ll love it.
Kevin McPartland, author of “Brownstone Dreams.”
Why did you become a writer and why did you write “Brownstone Dreams?”
I suppose I was always a writer but I just didn’t know it. I was an avid reader as a youngster in spite of not being much of a student. It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I attempted my first short story and although rejected was assured by an editor I had a presence on the page. He suggested I should keep working at my fiction and I did. I’ve successfully published several short stories, been included in an anthology and of course there’s Brownstone Dreams, my first novel that took me five years to write.
I probably wrote Brownstone Dreams for therapy as much as anything else. The book’s main character is styled after a first cousin who was more like a brother than a cousin, someone who met a violent and untimely death after years of heroin addiction. In the writing of the novel I drew from my own street experiences growing up in sixties Park Slope as well as his.
Where did you grow up. Where did you attend school and where are you living these days?
I have resided for the last thirty-one years in South Beach, Staten Island, a community that provides me a short trip across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to my beloved Brooklyn and the Park Slope neighborhood of my youth, a trip I take quite often I might add.
Which genre do you enjoy reading most? Also, do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? And give us a short list of books you have enjoyed reading and maybe two or three popular books that you were disappointed in after hearing so much about them?
Books that disappointed me: The Celestine Prophecy, By James Redfield, Jonathon Livingston seagull, by Richard Bach, and Tour of Duty, by Douglas Brinkley.
Do you have a favorite writer(s)?
I think I would have to say my favorite writer over all is Kurt Vonnegut.
Do you recall your childhood reading? Any one book or experience stand out as a youngster?
I did read the classics as a kid and quite a bit of non-fiction involving the sea.
Are you working on a second novel?
I am writing a second novel at this time, and of course it is set in Brooklyn. I have strayed from it though and intend to write a short story or two before returning to it.
Kevin, thanks for your time.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Thanks to Carl and Pat for telling me about Kevin R. McPartland, a writer from down on fifth avenue.
Kevin and I hooked up and he was kind enough to send me a copy of his novel, “Brownstone Dreams.” I’m telling you right now, go and order it ASAP.
It took me four nights to finish Brownstone Dreams and no, Evelyn Wood didn’t teach me how to be a speed reader. This masterful job by Kevin was hard to put down; it’s a must-read!
Brownstone Dreams, set in Park Slope of the early 1960s, tells the story of Bobby Dutton, a decent 17-year-old boy who gets himself deeper and deeper into trouble after he steals the gun of Vincent Casseo, a violent criminal from the neighborhood. Later, Bobby finds Vincent’s brother bleeding from a stab wound and gets him to a hospital, saving his life and ensuring the friendship of Bobby and Vincent. His new friendship with the Casseos alienates Bobby from his girlfriend, Cathy, and from his old friends at the schoolyard. When Vincent kills a man at a bar who owed his father money, Bobby and Vincent go into hiding in Lower Manhattan, with Cathy, some Brooklyn hitmen, and the cops all looking for the two boys…