"Vivid artistry. Rich, fascinating descriptions take you through a turning point in a young boy's life. I enjoyed this completely different perspective from my own growing up in Southern California. I feel enriched, enlightened, and somehow in the Christmas spirit. Well worth reading. Each sentence begs to be heard aloud. Very seriously considering the audio book!"
"Lubliner's stream-of-consciousness narrative shifts effortlessly from conversations to descriptions to internal monologue. This short story brought back echoes of my father's stories of life in the Bronx in the '40's and '50's, and made gritty NY tangible to this suburban Californian. From the lurking, watchful tree to the ritual money for the mugger, this book was a pleasure to read, and I'm looking forward to more writing from this author."
(5 Stars) "This story's a charmer. The narrative voice leads readers through his questions about faith and identity as they emerge, effectively putting readers into the narrator's head and seeing his world the way he himself does. Written with wit and grace, and with lovely turns of phrase (e.g., "... [W]ith childlike wonder I wonder, not about God but Godzilla" ), the story gently nudges its way into readers' hearts."
Two 5-Star ratings.
One 4-Star rating.
An Unforgettable Holiday Memoir: Shifting seamlessly between first person narrative and stream- of- consciousness, this is an unforgettable, heart-warming tale of a youth's coming of age in the early 1970's. The internal dialogue sustains the fresh insight of the author's, as if he transports us back into his youth, the lessons learned, his mind's eye reflecting the lost presence of childhood unwrapping as swiftly as a holiday gift.
(5 stars) "A Dylan-esque (Tom, not Bob) gallimaufry of words and images, fresh as new snow, familiar as yesterday. Humor and pathos, yes, we expected that, but not the sharp edges nor the soft cotton batting that staunches the little cuts. A world in a snow globe: I loved it."
(5 Stars) "A warm and witty holiday story of a boy learning about his religious heritage. Worthy of many reads."
(5 Stars): One of the more touching and heart warming reads your hands will have the pleasure of embracing and your eyes will receive with happy tears.
(5 Stars) "A charmingly written look at a simpler time. The author will hopefully expand this into a full-length memoir, as I believe he has a vast storehouse of backward glances and wry observations, both nostalgic and philosophical."
(5 Stars) "A poetic and charming tale for the holidays. With lines such as, "I wonder, not about God but Godzilla. Does he exist?" A Child's Christmas in Queens transports the reader directly into the memories of the author, giving them the experience as if it were their own. I recommend this book for anyone looking to smile, and drift back to a time they may have forgotten."
Look for it later this week at the Barnes and Noble store in Forest Hills.
"A Child's Christmas in Queens" is being turned into an audio book. It should be released in time for Christmas and some last nights of Hanukkah shopping.
"A Child's Christmas in Queens" is now on sale at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma.
Beautifully read by Stephen Miller, an actor with multiple credits in TV, film, stage and voice work, "A Child's Christmas in Queens" is now available in audio book. Currently through Amazon and Audible.com.
Queens residents--and beyond--can now order "A Child's Christmas in Queens" online at The Astoria Bookshop.
Recording is complete, and it sounds great! ACX is conducting final prep, and it should be available soon on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.