Fans of the HBO Series Boardwalk Empire will find Venable Park an engaging journey to the same era, with the struggles of the times viewed through the eyes of a vastly different central character.
1920s Prohibition Baltimore is a place apart from the bright, gilded world of Gatsby; a place where ash and smoke darken midday skies.
Millworker Henry Dawson is a returned WWI vet, finding his tenuous path back to civilian life after a harrowing tour of duty in France's Argonne Forest. Just as Dawson gradually gains his bearings, events at the football stadium rising from the grounds of the city's Venable Park threaten to send him spiraling back to the despair of the war.
Told from the perspective of Henry, Venable Park is a rare look at the Twenties as they were, weighted by the toils and lifted by the triumphs of common men.
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Tom Flynn is a freelance journalist and graduate of James Madison University. His writing credits include articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Baltimore Sun. Venable Park is his second book.Review:
"The author expertly balances Henry's unique account against a universal story through the voice of a memorable character. At the same time, he brings alive an era and place rarely combined in fiction." - Kirkus Reviews (June, 2012)
"Flynn has created an unforgettable character, whose sly humor and wry, Everyman observations transport us back to a time when America still made things.." -- Post Road Magazine
"An excellent book...heartbreaking, but ultimately satisfying." --WYPR - Baltimore's NPR Station
"This is a strong piece of work...a Ring Lardner quality to the writing." --Seven Stories Press
"One of the best things about reviewing books is discovering authors like Tom Flynn. Flynn lets his character tell his story without getting in the way...which is what makes Venable Park so captivating."--Celeste Sollod, Baltimore Books
"Venable Park...creates a unique vision of Baltimore in the age of Gatsby." --Urbanite Magazine
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Book Description Mill City Press, Inc., 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111936400294
Book Description Mill City Press, Inc., 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1936400294
Book Description Mill City Press, Inc. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1936400294 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1743030