Charles Shea LeMone
Paperback—5¼ x 8¼
Imagine it is the summer of 1957, in the most dangerous, gang-infested neighborhood in North Philadelphia where two teenage boys dream of having bright futures. One of them, Barry (Bear) Brown wants to be a heavyweight prizefighter, despite the crooked dealings of his manager. The other boy, James (Curly) Wylie, dreams of becoming a writer. The question is, will they both survive long enough to see the dawn of a new year?
Excerpts from a review in Virginia Libraries by Danny Adams
There is no lack of gritty, bare-knuckle books available about growing up in poor, rough neighborhoods. And often that grittiness will turn off potential readers—or, more to the point, give the impression that the story is completely devoid of hope... But LeMone's autobiographical novel offers a different perspective...
LeMone covers that often-ignored middle ground between shying away from inner-city problems and bleeding all over the page with them...he breathes life into the residents of Gratz and Oxford, putting their humanity up front while avoiding stereotypes...
Charles Shea LeMone, the author of several mystery and romance novels, grew up on “the most dangerous corner in North Philadelphia.” This novel is based on his life. He now lives on a remote mountaintop in Virginia where he writes and leads workshops on creative writing. He hopes to one day open an art center in his old neighborhood.
Shea can be contacted at his Website: www.allwordman.com