Mr. Boardwalk

Mr Boardwalk At the age of seven Jason Benson first experiences the wonders of Atlantic City Amazed and smitten Jason decides his real life will happen here in this magical shore town Growing up in a Philadelph
  • Title: Mr. Boardwalk
  • Author: Louis Greenstein
  • ISBN: 9780978863678
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mr. Boardwalk
    At the age of seven, Jason Benson first experiences the wonders of Atlantic City Amazed and smitten, Jason decides his real life will happen here, in this magical shore town Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1960s and 70s, he lives only for his summers on the boardwalk, where his father owns a pretzel stand From a gypsy friend, the boy learns to juggle, and sooAt the age of seven, Jason Benson first experiences the wonders of Atlantic City Amazed and smitten, Jason decides his real life will happen here, in this magical shore town Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1960s and 70s, he lives only for his summers on the boardwalk, where his father owns a pretzel stand From a gypsy friend, the boy learns to juggle, and soon Jason the Magnificent entertains rapt beachside crowds with his skill and clever patter He can t wait to finish high school so he can move to Atlantic City permanently.But his plans go awry More than 20 years later, we meet him as a grumpy, distant New York copywriter who has never spoken of his youth All his adventures on the boardwalk and all the dreams he cherished there remain a secret from his wife In deftly interwoven passages, Mr Boardwalk traces the excitement and perils of the young Jason and the moral growth of the adult who must come to terms with the past he tried to forget It is a dual coming of age story like no other a tale of magic and reality intertwined.
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  • Louis Greenstein

    Louis Greenstein s writing has crossed multiple genres, from scripts for the Emmy Award winning Nickelodeon series Rugrats to stage plays performed by theaters around the country Several of his plays are available in print and his work has been honored with a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts His musical show, One Child Born The Music of Laura Nyro, co written with performer Kate Ferber, travels to multiple venues in New York City and elsewhere Mr Boardwalk is his first novel.

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  • On the boardwalk in Atlantic CityWe will walk in a dream When I was a kid, no summer was complete without a trip to the shore Rehoboth Beach, Delaware was my family s vacation spot The beach itself was so so My skin turned lobster red in the sun, the baking sand burned the soles of my feet and my bathing suit collected annoying and embarrassing lumps of sand But, the boardwalk, oh, the boardwalk games and rides and shops that sold weird and unusual stuff found nowhere else Anyone remember invisi [...]


  • I received this First reads book from for review.I put off reading this book, for a month, simply because I didn t think it would interest me that much You see, I m an Ocean City, New Jersey guy, dating back to the 40 s to the early 60 s I worked several Summers on and near the Boardwalk and had a Great time as one should working near the beach Ahhhh, the times This book, MR BOARDWALK, kept my interest because the story stays focused on Atlantic City and it s time period 1970 s The story about h [...]


  • I won this book from This is my unbiased opinion.I grew up in South Jersey, less than an hour from Atlantic City via the Atlantic City Expressway However, as I was born in 1982, I am unable to picture Atlantic City pre casino days While I have a love hate relationship with A.C, I knew I had to read this book.I really loved Mr Boardwalk I loved seeing Atlantic City in the way my Dad did as a kid I only know the Atlantic City of my youth, with casinos that I can count I kind of wish the boardwalk [...]


  • In the interest of full disclosure I must tell you that Louis is a friend You should also know that I grew up in Atlantic City during the years that much of Mr Boardwalk is set Here is an excerpt of an email that I sent to Louis when I finished reading his book I just finished reading Mr Boardwalk You know, a friend writes a book You want to be supportive so you buy a copy Kindle version for me , and you start reading You don t know what to expect, but you don t expect much And you read, and you [...]


  • While Mr Boardwalk will particularly resonate with people who remember Atlantic City prior to gambling, people who grew up going to the Jersey Shore, and people growing up in the 70 s, its well drawn characters and compelling story should be of interest to a much wider audience Using a device of having the central character, Jason Benson, Greenstein reveals the story of the central character s past to his family as he also reveals it to the reader, we get to stand with the family in the present [...]


  • I received the book for free through First Reads.I really enjoyed reading this book It was easy to read and kept my interest the whole time It was interesting that everybody in his life kept telling him to be a better partner and he didn t realize how to do this until the unthinkable It is true of most young people It s just too bad his young life was full of such unresolution.


  • Mr Boardwalk is not a mobster Nor is he an unemployed casino worker Mr Boardwalk is a kid growing up spending his summers on the Atlantic City boardwalk in the 60 s, a time when it was neither a haven for bootleggers, nor for gamblers.Jason Benson lives in the Philly area but heads to the Jersey shore with his family every year when school gets out There he becomes the self titled Jason the Magnificent, perfecting a juggling act in front of the boardwalk pretzel shop his father started after dro [...]


  • This book reminds me of the novels you d read for high school English class and end up loving with slightly sex and drugs You know the ones where you d finish the whole thing even though the class was only half way through The plot is sort of ho hum when you first hear it summarized Coming of age story about a Philly boy who grows up summering in Atlantic City, juggling and selling soft pretzelsople die, move away, and disappoint each other along the way Most of the great novels you read in sch [...]


  • If you love the boardwalk, a midway, the ocean, remember the food, the first kiss on the beach, navigating summer independence with school year obligations tthat alone will take you through this novel I almost gave it 3 stars,new author and ARC, I found the plot a little choppy, and some of the characters less developed than I really wanted I suspect a little further edit will cure all And, this is Jason s story He narrates, in real time, from his 40 something standpoint and floundering marriage [...]


  • I must say, I was anticipating a good read Would be able to see what Atlantic City used to be like But what I didn t expect was being able to feel Atlantic City, thus making this a very enjoyable read Like a good performer, the author got me hooked quickly and I was reluctant to put the book down In the end, like a ball not going up or downs magic We received this book for free via First Reads.


  • I really enjoyed this book I remember so many of the places and events that he mentions in this book All the locations were described accurately Hard to believe this is the author s first novel Great debut.


  • A wonderfully evocative tale of Atlantic City before the casinos, young love, growing up and coming to terms with one s life Rich with the smell of the ocean and the colorful characters who populate the Boardwalk Highly recommended.





  • Louis Greenstein creates a picture of an Atlantic City from the turn of the 20th Century a city before the casinos that was filled with boardwalk hawkers, gypsies, jugglers and a wonderful rag tag group of amazing human beings I reviewed the book when it was published for the New York Journal of Books, saying at the time, Greenstein weaves a story of past and present in a way that creates a sense of timelessness More of what I had to say As news of a series of casino closings rock Atlantic City, [...]


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