Johnny Boy

Johnny Boy

by John Califano
Johnny Boy

Johnny Boy

by John Califano


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JOHNNY CARUSO IS BORN into the urban turmoil of 1950s and '60s working-class Brooklyn. Wedged between the limited worldview of his parents-alcoholic and abusive Bellisario and browbeaten, unstable Maria-and his liberal-minded older brother and sister, young Johnny struggles to navigate his childhood and adolescence.

Overwhelmed by his family's thorny dynamics and seeing no path forward, Johnny finds himself in a downward spiral, getting into fights, cheating on exams, and shoplifting with friends. Prospects for a stable and happy future appear bleak until Johnny is offered an opportunity that could alter the course of his life.

JOHNNY BOY captures the ethnic values, cultural texture, and historical events of mid-twentieth-century Brooklyn. Its story, both highly specific and universally familiar, explores external chaos and the inner turmoil of a young protagonist who possesses intelligence, perseverance, and an unwavering sense of humanity.

Told with honesty and passion, JOHNNY BOY is immersive and timeless, an authentic flesh-and-bones coming-of-age story infused with a cinematic megadose of twenty-first century realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737296102
Publisher: Verve House Books
Publication date: 06/26/2021
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Writer, actor, visual artist and musician, John Califano has performed in clubs, art galleries, feature films, and Off-Broadway productions.JOHNNY BOY is John's debut novel. His writing is featured in The Broadkill Review, the Willesden Herald's New Short Stories Series (UK), Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Writing Disorder, Poetry Super Highway, Across the Margin, and Embark, an international literary journal for novelists.John grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in Manhattan where he works helping at-risk parolees transition back into the workforce.You can visit John online at:
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