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The Christmas Kid
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The Christmas Kid
And Other Brooklyn Stories
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"Hamill, a master raconteur, mines his own roots in this enchanting new anthology." ---New York Times

Pete Hamill's collected stories about Brooklyn present a New York almost lost but not forgotten. They read like messages from a vanished age, brimming with nostalgia---for the world after the war, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, and even, for some, the years of Prohibition and the Depression.

THE CHRISTMAS KID is vintage Hamill. Set in the borough where he was born and raised, it is a must-read for his many fans, for all who love New York, and for anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that once was.

"Hamill, a master raconteur, mines his own roots in this enchanting new anthology." ---New York Times

Pete Hamill's collected stories about Brooklyn present a New York almost lost but not forgotten. They read like messages from a vanished age, brimming with nostalgia---for the world after the war, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, and even, for some, the years of Prohibition and the Depression.

THE CHRISTMAS KID is vintage Hamill. Set in the borough where he was born and raised, it is a must-read for his many fans, for all who love New York, and for anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that once was.

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  • Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of twenty previous books, including the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, North River, and Tabloid City and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.

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    October 15, 2012
    Little slices of decades-old melancholy from Hamill (Tabloid City, 2011, etc.). This collection of 36 short stories is largely culled from a series called Tales of New York that ran in the New York Daily News in the early '80s. Like most of Hamill's fiction, it's a mix of nostalgia and cynicism. As the author explains in an elegant foreword, this is the world, "without personal computers, cell phones, tweets, digital cameras, or iPads. A world where 'friend' was not yet a verb." And yet, the stories remain surprisingly timeless, full of regular joes, gangsters, lost souls and the cold, cold rain. There's plenty of nostalgia, remembrances of that awe-inspiring feeling of the world being new, but also the harsh reminders of New York's hard times, not least the wave of heroin and crack that swept the city in that time. From the title story, which finds the neighborhood teens forming a protective circle around a Holocaust survivor who is their age, to "The Book Signing," the tale of an elderly writer returning home, the message is the same. As the writer explains: "I've never really left. Or, to be more exact: those streets have never left me." In addition to that lovely last story, don't miss the other anomaly, "The Men in Black Raincoats," a noir story that feels right at home among its companions in this fine collection. Lost treasures from a time gone by, brimming with affection for old New York.

    COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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