From the jacket of the 1998 hardback edition:
"My Cleveland Story tells the important moments in the lives of three friends as the come of age in the Seventies and Eighties. High school football under those Friday night lights. Polka music mixed with real rock and roll. Sneaking over your girlfriend's house when her parents weren't home. Having your first intimate experience in someone's basement under a backlight with a Zepplin album playing in the background. Paying a cover charge to watch the worst team in baseball while drinking warm over priced beer. Going off to college and having way too good of a time, when a liberal arts college education included bonging for buffaloes, skinny dipping, and all night fraternity parties. Getting over all that Catholic stuff, and sex before AIDS, but after crabs.
My Cleveland Story is for anyone who was dumped by the one person they really loved, and hoped, no matter how slim the chances, for another chance; and then it came and they blew it. It is for anyone who lived and died with a last place baseball club, and a football team that always broke your heart."
Since this book first appeared in 1998 and quickly sold out two hardback printings, fans have treasured My Cleveland Story and have given it a cult-like following. Michael Heaton, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Minister of Culture, immediately called Greg Cielec "Cleveland's Mark Twain." Craig Wilson of the Akron Beacon Journal called the novel "Fast paced entertainment." Pete Gaughan, the Sun Newspaper's legendary Postman, wrote "I love it. Greg hits all the bases in this wonderful story." Jason Skoda, then writing for the Lorain Morning Journal, commented "There are so many times I had to stop reading because there was an image or memory of someone from my Cleveland days milling through my thoughts for the first time in years. Any book than can combine sitting in the bleachers at the old stadium for Tribe games and a recipe for perigees is a great find. My Cleveland Story depicts life growing up in the Sixties to Eighties so clearly that I had to stop and make sure that it wasn't my Cleveland story."
|Publisher:||Pink flamingo Press and Creative Endeavors|
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About the Author
Greg is a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School, Ohio Wesleyan University and Cleveland State University.
Greg's other works of fiction include "Home and Away Games," a novella first published in hardback in 2006 and currently available in a Nook edition from Barns and Noble for the first; and a soon to be published second full length novel "A Poem on a Bar Room Wall."
For more information on Greg and his writing visit his website and blog at www.gregcielec.com.