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Luncheonette: A Memoir

Sorrentino, Steven

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ISBN 10: 0060728922 / ISBN 13: 9780060728922
Published by Regan Books, New York, New York, 2005
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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1st edition, 1st printing. Signed by the author. hardcover, 292 pages in very good condition with dustjacket. A son gives up his dream to take over the family restaurant when his father becomes ill and how it changes his life. Full of humor, compassion and wit.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 000279

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Title: Luncheonette: A Memoir

Publisher: Regan Books, New York, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Steven Sorrentino had moved from West Long Branch, New Jersey, to New York City, with dreams of finding love and Broadway stardom. Venturing out of the closet and feeling free (at last!) from small-town America, Steven found his niche among the quirky and kindred spirits of the city's musical theater hopefuls.

But on Christmas Eve of 1980, just after Stevenarrived in New Jersey to celebrate the holidays, his father contracted a sudden and rare neurological disorder that left him paralyzed. Stepping up to the plate and back into the closet, Steven returned to West Long Branch to help the family out and to take over Clint's Corner, his father's luncheonette. He soon found himself at the grill flipping porkroll (the unofficial state meat) and serving a counter full of eccentrics including Googie the Gizmo, Half Cup Harold, and Steven's old high-school jock crush, Brent Jamison. And always at his side was the most colorful of them all, Dolores, the crusty head waitress with coke-bottle glasses, a wayward wig, and a particular flair for butchering the English language. From this unusual post, Steven watched as his ailing father refused to accept defeat.

Confined to a wheelchair, yet determined and optimistic, Clint Sorrentino ignored all the medical setbacks and even managed to further his own career in local politics. Yet for Steven, the more his father triumphed over the obstacles, the more his own life seemed to stall.

Guilty, confused, and stuck behind the counter, Steven made a shocking and desperate decision -- not knowing that he was about to stumble upon the secret of his father's resilience. Steven had returned home to save his father, but in the end, his father saved him.

An insightful, bitingly hilarious, and poignant debut, Luncheonette is an uplifting reminder of the unexpected lessons life brings and of the inspiration we find in the least likely places.

About the Author:

Steven Sorrentino has worked in public relations since 1987. His professional experiences range from corporate vice president to short order cook. Luncheonette is his first book. He lives in New York City.

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