Dreams Deferred

Dreams Deferred

by Peter Ponzio

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Dreams Deferred is a collection of eight short stories, set in a Chicago neighborhood in the nineteen-sixties. The neighborhood depicted in the stories is a place where no one lived permanently: "no one grew up in this area; they just came here while they waited to make more money and move to one of the better neighborhoods, or held on for awhile before descending to a worse neighborhood." Life in this neighborhood was often cruel; its inhabitants ranged from a theater manager who ran numbers on the side, to a priest whose ministrations to his flock were misguided and unhelpful, to a run-down prize fighter looking to make a better life for the neighborhood kids, to a mentally retarded boy who was abused by his mother's various boyfriends.
Yet despite the grit and dirt, moments of sublimity sometimes occur: witness the case of Hector who recited verses from the Iliad to an illiterate prize fighter; or Dr. Abraham Weissman, former concentration camp survivor who ministered to the sick and needy; and finally Perry, a deaf mute whose paintings inspired his friends, teachers and immigrant parents.
Like the poem Harlem, these stories ask the question – "What happens to a dream deferred?" In some cases, the dream is shattered by the harsh realities of life in the city; in others, redemption seems possible. The common thread that binds these stories lies beyond the neighborhood, however. As the narrator of "Teach Your Children" relates at the end of the collection: "David was right; sometimes you can take the anger, the bitterness and the disappointment, and make something beautiful grow from them. Oh, and one other thing; everyone has a disability, some just happen to have theirs on the inside."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013700666
Publisher: Peter Ponzio
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 268 KB

About the Author

Peter Ponzio is a CPA with over 30 years experience in Corporate Finance, holding positions as divergent as Treasurer, VP of Sales Administration, Vice President of IT, and General Manager of an internet start-up company in the late 1990s, and CFO at a subsidiary of a Fortune 100 company. Mr. Ponzio graduated with a degree in English literature from Loyola University of Chicago, and an MA in literature from Northwestern University. Peter currently resides in Hawthorn Woods, IL. Peter’s website can be accessed at: www.peterjponzio.com.

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