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Sunday Gravy by Robert Lorenzo
A humorous and touching coming-of-age story about family,
friendships, sexual discovery, first love, and loss!
Fifteen-year-old Tommy is anticipating the best summer of his life. He has a loving Italian-American family and is falling in love with the hottest girl in the neighborhood.
One steamy July night, teenage brothers Tommy and Eddie Ragusa are devastated by what they discover while spying on a neighbor through her sliding glass door. Eddie disappears after this, leaving Tommy to figure out how to keep his family from falling apart.
Family bonds are tested, and Tommy learns just how fragile a family can be, and that becoming an adult is much more complicated than he imagined.
He’s hoping his love for Maria will get him through the turmoil of his family. But he soon learns about jealousy when the neighborhood hotshot sets his eyes on Maria, and he fears losing her to this older, handsome jock.
It turns out, completing the puzzle for the adult world isn’t so easy – or neat – as some pieces don’t fit and other pieces are lost in the fray.
Review by Author Michael DeLucia: 5.0 out of 5 Stars Authentic! Fabulous Writing!
Sunday Gravy is a wonderful coming-of-age story that brings the reader back in time to a much different era, and author Robert Lorenzo recreates the past with authenticity. His attention to detail brings the setting alive and his characters are three dimensional, not caricatures of the times. What I liked was how fearlessly and honestly Lorenzo treated Tommy’s thoughts and actions. It reminded me of how Francine Prose handled the coming-of-age experiences of the character Nico in her masterpiece, Goldengrove. No punches pulled—just the real stuff. I look forward to this exciting new author’s next work. Book Reviewer Author Michael DeLucia, is an author here at Book Marketing Global Network.
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Paperback: 268 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (July 15, 2021)
BMGN Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age)
BMGN Global Library: Fiction (Coming Of Age and Friendships)
About Robert Lorenzo: Rob Lorenzo is a new author and English teacher who resides in sunny South Florida with his wife, Rose, and Golden Doodle, Luna.
Born in Queens, N.Y., Rob’s family moved to the suburbs of Long Island seeking the American dream of owning a home and having a big back yard – much like the families in his novel, “Sunday Gravy.” He spent his childhood playing outside, riding bikes, exploring the woods in and around his home, and visiting the beautiful beaches all over the region.
After graduating from high school, Rob attended SUNY New Paltz with the intention of becoming a journalist. He took courses in creative writing and began writing short stories, but his sights soon turned to radio and television communications leading him to a career in the advertising and media industry in Manhattan. Living in Manhattan’s East Village in the 1980s, Rob enjoyed experiencing the gentrification of this vibrant exciting neighborhood with its emerging art and music scene. He spent his single years going to nightclubs, listening to punk rock, and attending as many live music shows as he could at local bars and music clubs.
Rob married and moved back to the suburbs in the 90s, where he and his wife started their family, but restlessness settled in and an urge to “shake things up” resulted in a brave move to Florida for the allure of year-round warm weather and tropical beaches. Soon after, Rob decided he wanted to give back, so he worked his way into a teaching career.
He and his wife also enjoy traveling and have visited countries all over Europe, the Caribbean, and has traveled as far as Bora Bora in Tahiti. With his Italian-American background, Rob already had the love of good food ingrained in him, but a part time gig as a wine consultant for a few years broadened his appreciation and love for fine wine. Rob and his family have visited vineyards in Italy, Napa, and Sonoma, and his favorite part of any day is spending time with his wife and two daughters enjoying great meals and delicious wines at home, abroad, or at one of the many excellent restaurants all over South Florida.
Rob is beginning work on his second novel, inspired by the recent worldwide pandemic.
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