On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Jew and the Goy Boy (Volume 1)

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An emotionally-broken old Jew, the lonely child of his bigoted/racist next-door neighbor, and the healing found through their "accidental" friendship
Review: "A fun, easy read with characters I fell in love with. I laughed and cried, and, at one point, almost at the same time. A wonderful heartwarming story. I'm on the third book now and loving it!" ~ Rebecca, K.  
Once an amusing extrovert with a reputation as a prankster, Mr. Rosen is entering his senior years as a stoic, thirty-year converted introvert who hates change, has little to no interest in people and is more than content to have his wife sit in the navigator's seat of his life. Since becoming a practicing introvert, there have been almost no changes in his life, and for the few that there were, his wife had walked him through them, including the recent move to a much smaller home in a lower/middle-class neighbourhood where he lives directly next door to a racist whose pint-sized nine-year-old son addresses him as Mr. Jew.
Mr. Rosen had seen the move coming, and he is very much aware of the enormous change to come sometime in the, hopefully, far-off future; though, he refuses to give it any attention. That change will come on slowly and painfully and will eventually force him to chart his own life's route.

This heartwarming, feel-good novel offers a rollercoaster ride of emotion as Mr. Rosen's habitual world begins to implode while on a collision course with the chaotic world of an innocent and pint-sized nine-year-old boy, his troubled mother and vengeful father.
Please Note: A third edition of On Herring Cove Road was released in March, 2017, and includes the softening of a small section of cursing in one chapter, the adding back of a small portion of what was removed during the edit of the first edition, and addressing the remaining typography and grammar errors.
The first of the four novels in the unique, evocative and not-so-nuclear family saga series called Herring Cove Road, where a small group of troubled individuals dealing with their own personal issues accidentally come together to form a family unit, and then while struggling to maintain it, are forced to deal with its dark results, such as: racism, death, murder, suicide and much more.

Taking place primarily in the 1970s, with believable characters and mostly situated in several areas of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the series chronicles the actions (and their results) of an old and introverted Jewish man, his doting and take-charge wife, a young and struggling single mother, her naive and lonely son, and a boy streetwise beyond his years.

Volume 1) On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Rosen and His 43Lb Anxiety
Volume 2) Still on Herring Cove Road: Hickory, Dickory, Death
Volume 3) Off Herring Cove Road: The Problem Being Blue
Volume 4) Before Herring Cove Road: Ruth Goldman and the Nincompoop (A Love Story)

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About the Author:

Michael Kroft considers himself an accidental novelist. Being a writer of short stories of various genres, his initial story of Mr. Rosen and His 43Lb Anxiety started out as a simple short story, but because of his love for the characters, the work grew into a full novel.
With his newfound love for writing novels, Michael turned his first novel, On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Rosen and His 43Lb Anxiety, into the not-so-nuclear family saga series Herring Cove Road, with each following novel also in the contemporary and family saga genres but with subgenres of a Murder Mystery, Crime, and a love story.
With the series Herring Cove Road completed, Michael is now working on the first novel of an amusing, heartwarming and historically-accurate family saga that begins with an English immigrant, William Lovely, and his younger brother, James, coming to America in 1715 through indentured servitude, and then follows the future nine generations up until 1905. The series is tentatively called The Lovely American Family Tree, and the first novel in the series is tentatively titled Indentured Love.
Michael Kroft is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, single and, apparently, with too much time on his hands.
Michael Kroft's current works: 
The four-volume family saga series Herring Cove Road: 
1) On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Rosen and His 43Lb Anxiety2) Still on Herring Cove Road: Hickory, Dickory, Death3) Off Herring Cove Road: The Problem Being Blue4) Before Herring Cove Road: Ruth Goldman and the Nincompoop (A Love Story)

Michael Kroft's website: michaelkroft.comMichael Kroft's facebook page: facebook.com/KroftAuthorMichael Kroft's Twitter: @michaelkroft


A genuinely delightful story - beautifully written.
The story of an emotionally-scarred, childless elderly man and his wife, who move next-door to a vulnerable family with a young son. The writing style perfectly complements the main character, and what shines through on every page is the restrained but deep love the elderly couple feel for one another. As the old man and the young boy draw one another out of their self-imposed shells, a very moving bond develops. In this impeccably-told story everything has a reason, and we're aware of it throughout, but we don't discover the real selfless depth of it until the very last lines, which made me laugh and cry. Moving, touching, refreshing, heart-warming, and one of the best books I've read for a while. A recommended read. If it had been written by Dickens, it would be a classic by now. - Rebecca Bryn,  Author of Touching the wire

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.Michael Kroft is a fellow Haligonian. This book is set in Halifax and brought back memories of my childhood. Avriel and Ruth remind me of my grandparents and reading about them often made me smile and sometimes made me cry. His careful construction of the characters and the setting brought the story to life.
Mr. Kroft brings us a story that shows us how powerful love can be. It can make us want to live again. It can bring us through even the most horrible circumstances. It can come from your soul-mate, a little boy, a woman in trouble and even a cat. This story touched me and I wish I had the words to tell you how much. I recommend this book to everyone. I hope you buy it. I know you won't regret it. -Electa Graham,  Author of Blood and Loss
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"A delightful story with characters the reader falls hopelessly in love with." -Amazon

"A very touching story about hope, love and the human condition." -Amazon

"This story touched me and I wish I had the words to tell you how much." -Goodreads

"I easily slipped back to a bygone era through which I lived in." -Amazon

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