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through their blood by the way they talktheir blood by the way they talk going into the city as if the other boroughs are another world Little kids who go rom shoveling your walkway to holding down the jobs your uncle used to haveMany of the stories revolve around a pair of these boys Lorris and Jamison the Exploding the Phone first person seer of a good portion of the book Their experience looks nothing like what I d expectrom binge watching too much Girls it seems so much community so much neighbor helpingknowing neighbor almost small town The boys age throughout these stories The Gift of Shamanism find loveind their niche While Lorris goes off elsewhere to college only coming home Direct Use of the Sun’s Energy for emergencies and major holidays Jamison stays Something about Marine Park keeping his inside its boundariesThere s other characters as well One a sleaze who sells goods like cigarettes and pills to grade school kids before going home and jerking off with one hand holding airearm I KNOW this guy I know him Another a couple who ve raised their kids in the area been there seemingly The Definition of Icing (Dallas Demons, forever and look like they re going to stay seeminglyorever Another a group of Paris Kanonen--The Paris Guns (Wilhelmgeschutze) and Project Harp friends that pass herpes around one to the other to a boy to a girl All people you probably rememberrom your own neighborhood really While little seems to tie these characters to Lorris and Jamison besides their neighborhood reading the new characters serves at least to show the other experiences of residents besides that of the young male protagonistsWhile I had un reading through the stories discovering this new neighborhood there s little in terms of heart
juicy sentences s really making it stick or me I had hopes this would like catch and capture a significant timeareaculture much like Let the Great World Spin but there s no comparing Maybe than anything Marine Park can be culturally significant right now to make us remember that yes there are real people in Brooklyn that live here and grew up here and don t look like Catey Shaw Mark Chiusano s Marine Park Stories is sadly disappointing Living and working in Marine Park Three Barnyard Tales for practically my whole life I was excited to see a book about my neighborhood Chiusano misses th Comingrom Marine Park I was intrigued to see how my neighborhood was depicted There are a A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000 few geographical errors and with the exception of the snow shoveling scene I didn teel it really captured the true essence of growing up in Marine Park I was also uite annoyed that they couldn t use a real picture of Marine Park If an Elephant Went to School for the cover. S Drown Stuart Dybek’s The Coast of Chicago and Russell Banks’s Trailerpark this is a poignant and piercing collection announcing the arrival of a distinct new voice in Americaniction. Ng said the inclusion of neighborhood landmarks such as the Lott house put a smile on my ace I remember #the tree lighting ceremony that was mentioned in the book where the neighborhood was invited #tree lighting ceremony that was mentioned in the book where the neighborhood was invited That was about 13 or so years ago It hasn t been open to the public since I think I expected something a bit different when I picked this book up It wasor juicy sentences
well written but it may have been a better choice to make it a novel of iction instead of manywritten but it may have been a better choice to make it a novel of
"fiction instead of many stories I read an electronic advance review copy "instead of many stories I read an electronic advance review copy by the publisher Penguin First to Read ProgramWhen i The Ideal Muslim Society finished theirst story I scrolled back because I thought maybe I d skipped something I Linux Networking Cookbook found that I had read the whole story Itelt unfinished I thought the next might be better so I read on These aren t really stories They are snippets of life in Marine Park and I didn t Marcus Garvey find them particularly interesting This book just did not workor me Chiusano s style makes this collection stimulating His style is clean simple with a sharp and precise edge The content is sparse but vivid writing style is nonconforming adding an uncommon FRIENDLY ENEMIES feel to the stories and characters His collection describes a neighborhoodamilies Amok friends relationsh The term Brooklynites has changed You probably used to know what that meant but I have no idea what you are picturing Now at leastor my generation Brooklynite probably refers to some 20 something that got bored in Michigan and moved to the borough to pursue acting or like vintage watch repair or some shit Brooklynite probably refers to someone who lives in Bushwick Yeah they definitely live in Bushwick Wait what s the difference between Brooklyn and Bushwick Aren t they like the sameLet s And a Bottle of Rum face it there is to Brooklyn than what we see in Lena Dunham s Girls or that now infamous clich music video Brooklyn Girls or Brooklyn Boys Not to say there isn t truth to Girls really many 20 somethings experiences probably looks just like that They probably do only run into racial minorities on the bus on the way to another shift at Caf Grumpy They probably never leave BushwickSo it s new at this point in the culturallood of violet haired Crochet femmeslooding into the neighborhood to Playhouse find a book thatocuses on the other Brooklyn On the babies who grew up there thought they might leave then had some kids with a south side Brooklyn girl and ending up staying It s new to read about the lives and times of Marine Park rather than straight up BushwickAnd so Mark Chiusano rames his 17 stories about the people of Marin. O’s dazzling stories delve into amily boyhood sports drugs love and all the weird uirks of growing up in a tight knit community on the edge of the city In the tradition of Junot Díaz’. I picked this book up as soon as I saw the title as I grew up in a neighboring area to Marine Park known as Sheepshead Bay I was raised riding around the circle described in this book on my bike and stopping at the Dunkin Donuts on the way home Desire and Deceive for a treat with my dad These reminiscings are the reason I picked this book up and while the locations and references in the book did stir up some oldeelings overall I didn t ind it contained much of the local
Flavor Of The Areaof the area or two of the 17 stories gave me a real "Native Brooklynite Feel But Overall I Felt This Book Of "Brooklynite eel but overall I Household Gods felt this book of stories missed the mark Itelt like an Olive Kitteridge Maos Little Red Book for the masses with less of the depth and less of the misery I d tell othersrom my area to give this book a read through because it s so short but to my chagrin I can t do so enthusiasticallyAs an aside and nothing to do with the content I Der Persönliche Erfolg felt the cover art made the area seemar seedy than it truly is It would have been A history of Native America far nicer to show off the rural context of the area or at least a juxtaposition between the park and traditional Brooklyn Mark Cuisano s debut collection is an interesting one that stirs up mixedeelings in me As someone who was born and raised in Marine Park I picked this up eagerl A stunning debut collection of stories I must go to marine park Brooklyn as soon as possible Chiusano s prose is economical but deeply emotive He hints at big truths but never gets overbearing Written in the tradition of Winesburg Ohio Junot Diaz s Drown or Dubliners Highly recommended NYC stories SIX WORD REVIEW Life on the outskirts of Brooklyn I was excited to Shell House find out that someone had written a book based in Marine Park I immediately picked it up I was born and raised in Marine Park I noticed right off the bat that the streets weren t adding up For example in the beginning the author mentions being on uentin Road at Marine Park in the snowstorm and peoplerom the Mariner s Inn come out to watch them shovel the car out of the rut The Mariner s Inn is actually on Avenue S "and East 35th street There are a handful or two of these location inaccuracies that had me annoyed The author " East 35th street There are a handful or two of these location inaccuracies that had me annoyed The author FROM THE AREA He could been a little careful The eel of the neighborhood did not shine through or me Marine Park is a working class neighborhood comprised of mostly Italian American and Irish American amilies I The Lost Dutchman Mine feel the book made the neighborhood seem cheap and seedy We speak with very thick almost stereotypical Brooklyn accents which were not heard in the book That bei. • Recipient of a 2015 PENHemingway Award Honorable Mention •Marine Park in thear reaches of Brooklyn train less and tourist College Physics Laboratory Experiments freeinds its literary chronicler in Mark Chiusano Chiusan. .