Delamore's Dreams

Delamore's Dreams

by Mark H. Masse


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Delamore's Dreams is about the power of hope and forgiveness, the strength of family and the enduring bonds of friendship. The heart of the story is a wayward son and his estranged father striving for respect, reconciliation and the strength to prevail. The book explores serious social issues (e.g., drug use, racism, teen violence and gang behavior) that transformed many American communities in the 1960s. The obstacles that confront the Delamores reflect the passions of the turbulent decade in which they have settled in their adopted hometown of Barrington, an "oil and water" community of affluent Jewish and working-class Italian families on the outskirts of New York City.

The two protagonists are Charlie and Nick Delamore. Charlie, the father, is a hard-luck dreamer who promotes a historic polo club in Westchester County. But he risks losing his family when his success collapses around him. Nick, the second of three sons, is a shy French-Irish kid who moves to the gritty Little Italy neighborhood in Barrington. Befriended by a tough-love boxing coach, Nick faces his fears and becomes an aspiring Golden Gloves pugilist. He will later rebel and be seduced by the thrill of street fighting. After his "fall from grace," Nick will find it harder to reconcile with his dominating father, Charlie, than to break from his gang.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484942635
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 436
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Mark H. Massé is a professor of literary journalism at Ball State University, where he has taught since 1996. A longtime freelancer, he has published articles, essays and stories in national and international periodicals and creative writing collections. In addition to his first novel, DELAMORE'S DREAMS, Massé has written a second novel, WHATEVER COMES, and two books of narrative nonfiction, TRAUMA JOURNALISM: ON DEADLINE IN HARM'S WAY and INSPIRED TO SERVE: TODAY'S FAITH ACTIVISTS. A native New Yorker, he has degrees from the University of Oregon and Miami (Ohio) University. For more information, visit the author's website:

What People are Saying About This

Roy Potter

"The author's intensely what-happens-next narrative style carries you along so compellingly DELAMORE'S DREAMS stands alone."
Westchester County (N.Y.) Times, November 2005

Lauren Kessler

Mark Masse takes us into the complex, conflicted but ultimately triumphant world of the Delamores, a family buffeted by domestic crises and changed by the changing times. In this heartfelt debut novel, rich in both sense of place and time, a boy learns to be a man, and a man learns to be a father.

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