Speed My Way Up: Selected Stories

Speed My Way Up: Selected Stories

by Kristin Pitanza


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Many Staten Islanders lament the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964 as the end of a golden age for the bucolic, pastoral, and sparsely populated borough of New York City. Farmland and lush forests gave way to suburban tract housing and cookie-cutter two-family homes as families from the other boroughs swarmed in by the thousands. Kristin Pitanza weaves a deeply personal tapestry in the four stories included in Speed My Way Up. Drawing from the island’s rich but largely unknown history, the stories provide a rare glimpse into this transitional period. Staten Island is not merely a backdrop for the characters—it is a character itself, its story imbued in every word printed here. The Island’s rapid transit system provides the backdrop for a tale of two young thieves and a disillusioned young woman trying to make their way up in the world. The Frank Lloyd Wright House is the setting for a mysterious man involved with two young sisters. Mike and Mary, two newly wed cops, suffer the consequences of their profession, and an adolescent girl finds herself in a series of life lessons that lead her to a different path life.

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ISBN-13: 9781946989208
Publisher: Full Court Press
Publication date: 09/17/2018
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 825,664
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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