Beyond Nostalgia

Beyond Nostalgia

by Tom Winton


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Born with blue in his collar instead of his veins, best-selling author Dean Cassidy chronicles his soul-scarring rise from New York's darkest alleys to a place high atop the literary world.

As difficult and unlikely as such a climb is, there's yet another force working against Dean. He's forever haunted by treasured memories of his long-lost teenage soul-mate. Theresa! Theresa! Theresa! She just won't go away!

Despite all Dean's hang-ups and mental baggage, he eventually does marry another woman. And for twenty years his wife, Maddy Frances, remains so giving (and forgiving) she deserves to be canonized a living saint. Even after she finds Dean unconscious at a botched suicide attempt--a time-faded photograph of Theresa clenched in his hands-her love never wavers. But is Maddy's loyalty enough to keep them together? Or will a force far stronger than fate alone change everything?

(Be sure to check out Tom Winton's newest novel, The Last American Martyr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468029284
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/14/2011
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 834,574
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Tom Winton was born and raised in New York City. During his working career, Tom has done everything from working on a railroad gang in the Colorado Rockies to driving a taxicab in Manhattan. He has been a mailman, a salesman, an entrepreneur and more.

Although he has written a considerable number of newspaper and magazine articles, "Beyond Nostalgia" is Tom's first novel. The Kindle version of his recently released novel, "The Last American Martyr," has also been on several Amazon bestseller lists. He is now working hard on his third novel, which is nearly complete.

He has been married to his wife, Blanche, for 38 years and lives in Florida with their ill-tempered, but lovable Jack Russell Terrier.

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Beyond Nostalgia 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Soooz More than 1 year ago
How do you read a book like this? How do you find the time to be alone and comfortable to take a journey into the recent past? Please do yourselves a favor ... make that time and find that place and settle back ready for the trip. Author Tom Winton leads you to the streets of a different New York city. A New York set in the early days of Bob Dylan and West Side Story combined. A New York bursting at the seams with a revolution brewing on its streets. Into that time and place the author introduces you to the young lovers. Two complex and likeable young people that fall desperately irrevocably in love. A love with all the passion, lust, need, and longing of any two people who find and recognize their soul-mate. The reader wants them to be together, you agonize over what you feel may be coming...hoping that they can avoid the pitfalls of any intense relationship and remain together. The author makes you care about their love. You are with them, he allows you to see them, hear them, and feel for them. The devastation that awaits their new love is as gut wrenching as it is unexpected. Two decades pass, and here they are again, looking at one another and it too late? Is it possible to forgive and move on? I will not spoil this for you. Suffice it to say that this wonderful author has you gripped firmly in his talented hands, and you are grateful for his talent. A stunning debut novel, from Tom Winton. Remember the name folks, you will be hearing it...and often.
BookwenchSB More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! A fan of Salinger's Catcher In The Rye and a Jonathan Franzen fan, I enjoy ed the story of Dean Cassidy. I grew up in the 60's and can identify with Dean, even being a female. I like the male perspective and wish I had known their "real thoughts" when I was in high school. The two women in Dean's life, Theresa and Maddie Frances, had me wondering if I liked them and who I wanted Dean to spend his life with. I will be reading more of Tom Winton!!!! Books like this get missed by many bookworms like me; I saw this on my Facebook sponsor page and the title caught my attention.
Ruby_Barnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beyond Nostalgia will keep you up reading all night. The first half is a wonderful romance, period language, a late sixties Catcher in the Rye feel except that Dean and Theresa are both lovable. I kept thinking to myself 'it's going to go wrong now, no, not yet, yes, it's going to go wrong now'. That suspense combined with the great style employed makes for a fantastic piece of work. Then bang, down to earth in the second half of the book. First we take Manhattan - Dean has become a social rebel, sentenced to twenty years of boredom. The irony of the para-suicide failure due to inadequate gas is a smile during a bleak time in his life. Then Dean is a struggling author, makes a breakthrough and hits the big time. This works towards the long telegraphed reuniting of Theresa and Dean. Strangely he doesn't judge her for her capitalism (sure, love is blind). And that's not the end of the story as he can / will find her again (I was that soldier!). I have a sneaking suspicion that Dean will dump his socialist principles with his new found wealth and have a bit on the side with Theresa. So, in conclusion, the first half reads like an award-winning romance combined with a realistic development of the harsh realities of life. What a ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I have a big smile on my face! I think that anybody with a lost love in their past, will really love this book...and it had THE perfect ending! Thank you for such a wonderful, thoughtful story, Mr. Winton! This book will stick with me for a long time!!
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HamptonReviews More than 1 year ago
Beyond Nostalgia is a wonderful story. I have to admit that the beginning of the story reminded me of my husband's experiences before being drafted. At times I had to pause to wipe tears away before diving back into the book. Beyond Nostalgia is a memoir of sorts, of a man named Dean Cassidy. It begins inNew Yorkin 1967 and follows Dean's life to 1992. I know that sounds like a terrible snore but the story flows well and the characters are really endearing. I enjoy the way that Dean deals with the fial meeting with the "love of his life" Theresa Wayman. It shows great depth and strength in the character that you don't really see before that point. Beyond Nostalgia is a great story with real life characters. It is a contemporary story that spans the good and the bad times of a normal guy who does good. Although this book is not in my usual preferred genre, I really enjoyed watching Dean's life unfold.
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Marj2011 More than 1 year ago
Not an adventure book, or Sci-fi or Fantasy, but a book of reality. On the face of it, there is not a lot happen, yet it kept my attention from start to finish. I especially commend the author on the conclusion. It was most satisfying - but don't jump to the end to see what happens. This is a ride well worth taking - without any skipping. Very highly recommended.
Wanda Broadhead More than 1 year ago
I was actually thinking this was written by tim winton, and couldn't believe that this book and the others were written by the same person....thank god I wasn't losing my mind. This is quite juvenile and basic, not worht your time
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Crazy4Romance More than 1 year ago
This story brought out many emotions. In addition to being a wonderful romance, there were very interesting characters; hooks at the end of every chapter; and an ending I didn't expect. I couldn't put it down.
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Melinda Zurita More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome i loved reading it has so many things in it (romance)
cgmartin79 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised when I started reading this. I dont normally read biographies, but that is the way the story is written. It is the life of a man living with regrets and haunted by his first love.
avacadoacres More than 1 year ago
This is the most boring book I have read. I downloaded it on my Nook. I will not read any of this authors books.