Little Vin at Dreamland

Little Vin at Dreamland

by Edward C. Patterson


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Vincent Grainger is on the brink of a creative life. It's 1910 in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and Vin is an imaginative actor at Dreamland Park's Congress of Oddities. But life in the Irish immigrant community can be as harsh as it can be sweet. Off season, there's the daily challenge of bringing in pocket change to keep aspirations afloat. Still, there's always opportunities - mucking out livery stalls or posing for artists or waiting tables and dancing for dimes. It's a time to sparkle for those with the right attitude; and little Vin has quite the spark to get him through the best and worst of it.

Little Vin at Dreamland will transport you to the dazzling world of Coney Island at its height and introduce you to the world of Brooklyn society in 1910-1911, both the posh and the seedy. From the thousand lights of Dreamland, Luna and Steeplechase Parks to the early days of the silent film industry at Fort Lee, NJ, you will savor an America that paved the way to greatness - a heart still beating today in the descendants of those who came here to stake a claim. For most of us, it begins here, at the base of Dreamland Tower. For those who carry imagination's spark, it begins in the rhythm of little Vin's jig.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781545551516
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/22/2017
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Author Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. He has currently 30 published books. He is known for spinning magical and fantasy yarns grounded in history and favors epic tales revealed in books series. His flagship works are The Jade Owl Legacy Series, The Southern Swallow Series, The Farn Trilogy and the Nick Firestone Mysteries.

In many of Patterson's novels, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history, having earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further postgraduate work at Columbia University. This background is the cornerstone for The Jade Owl Legacy, The Southern Swallow Series and Master Wu's Bride, works drawing on Sung and Ming Dynasty History and Culture. History has played a major part in the coming of age tale Little Vin at Dreamland.

Patterson's military experience is reflected in such works as Surviving an American Gulag, The Road to Grafenwoehr and Pacific Crimson - Forget Me Not. His gay life-way and work in diversity is reflected in his novellas No Irish Need Apply, Cutting the Cheese, Bobby's Trace and Mother Asphodel; and in larger works - Turning Idolater and Look Away Silence.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Patterson has spent over five decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the Year 2000 New Jersey Minority Achiever Award for his work in corporate diversity and is a proud U S Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, Patterson's adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring.

His novel No Irish Need Apply was named Book of the Month for June 2009 by Booz Allen Hamilton's Diversity Reading Organization. His Novel The Jade Owl was a finalist for The 2009 Rainbow Awards.

He is the proud founder of Operation eBook Drop which, in its heyday, distributed over a million eBooks to deployed Armed Forces members from over 2,000 independent authors. He has guest blogged extensively and has appeared on the Bobby Ozuna - Soul of Humanity Show. He is also proud of his Cherokee heritage, knows seven languages (including Cherokee) and is a contributing member of the ACLU.

"The little voice from between the lines can become a lion's roar, one listener at a time."

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