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The book evolves around a group of young men growing up on the south side of Chicago in an area called the Back of the Yards. It takes place during the 1950s, in a predominately Polish neighborhood. It begins as Charlie Wykowski is being rushed to a hospital after being shot twice in the chest. His best friend, Kevin O'Brien, is at his side. As the ambulance moves through the city, Charlie's life is recounted from his eye opening, eight grade Labor Day weekend, through the shooting that occurred before his 19th birthday.
The book is a hard-hitting, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny accounting of the trials and tribulations of growing up in Chicago's inner city, in the shadows of Comisky (White Sox) Park. It follows Charlie through his first encounter with sex, gang war problems, coping with tragedy and trying to survive the day to day trauma of big city life. It takes the reader through Charlie's struggle as an introvert with Kevin as his only friend, to a position of power in his neighborhood and president of a local club named the Rascals. It is a story of love, passion, power, struggle, and tragedy with overtones of ethnic and religious taboos.
The story is mostly fiction, as is Charlie Wykowski. The neighborhood and many events surrounding the theme of the book are real and did happen.
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Robert has authored a book published by Prentice-Hall and has also authored 16 articles published in various trade magazines. He has written plays and radio scripts produced by local drama groups, and has written several short stories. Robert has a Master of Science degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Bachelor degree from De Paul University in Chicago.
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