"Brewster is a novel so vividly written with such a strong sense of time and place, upstate New York, 1968, that I just about had flashbacks as I devoured it. Jon and Ray are mismatched best friends: Jon, a high school track star, Ray, a defiant rebel and fighter, though both come from difficult home lives. The Vietnam war and the draft loom large as the two sixteen year olds struggle to negotiate their way toward adulthood, falling in love with the same lovely girl and dealing with Ray's increasingly unpredictable and violent father. Brewster is at once dark and sweet, a coming of age story that will resonate." ~Cathy Langer--Cathy is the lead buyer at Tattered Cover
Indie Next ListAugust 2013
This is such a well written and well thought out book you will be drawn in from the first page. It is Brewster, New York, 1968, the peak of the Vietnam War, and 16 year old Jon Mosher, son of Jewish immigrants that escaped Europe in WW2 is searching for escape from a dead-end town and his guilt from his older brother's death. He meets Ray Cappicciano and together they struggle to make sense of their quickly changing world. Jon discovers his strength running track with his high school team, and Ray finds his strength in the fighting arena. Raw and brutal at times this poignant story's well drawn characters stay with you well after the book is closed. This will be among my top books for 2013. -- Helen Markus, HearthFire Books of Evergreen, Evergreen, CO
The year is 1968, a year after the summer of love and the peak of the Vietnam War. The world is changing, and sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher is determined to change with it. Racked by guilt over his older brother's childhood death, Jon turns his rage into victories running track. When he meets Ray Cappicciano, a local legend in the making, a rebel as gifted with his fists as Jon is with his feet, he recognizes a friendship with the potential to save him. Realizing that Ray needs saving too, Jon sets off on the race of his life--a race to redeem his past and save them both. Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is sure to remind readers of Andre Dubus III and Richard Russo.