A Boardwalk Story by J. Louis Yampolsky

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"Yampolsky conjures the Atlantic City of yesterday - the one that’s been bulldozed over to make way for glittering casinos and towering cement parking lots. An impressive debut."
— Bryant Simon, author, Boardwalk of Dreams

1939. The tenth year of the Great Depression in America. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In Atlantic City, New Jersey - a seashore resort town that springs to life every summer - Jack Laurel comes of age.

At 15, Jack’s life is turned upside down by an almost magical convergence of people and events. A mysterious boardwalk entertainer inspires a love of literature, a feud with neighborhood bullies escalates, and innocence is lost. Jack stumbles into commodities trading with two men: one a reclusive mystic, the other a charismatic pitchman and mathematical savant. The musings of a boardwalk fortuneteller set the three partners up to reap unimagined profits - but a house of cards is about to come down around them and, with it, the wrath of an iron-fisted crime boss.

In his first novel, J. Louis Yampolsky evokes the days when Atlantic City was the "Playground of the World" - the home of gilded Arabesque hotels, parades, pageants, and the famous Steel Pier. A Boardwalk Story is a startling debut from a remarkable new voice in American fiction.

“A rich, detailed visit to an Atlantic City that now exists only in memory. ... A Boardwalk Story tells a coming-of-age tale of equal parts charm and excitement, with a generous helping of danger that takes you by surprise.”
—Jim Waltzer, co-author, Tales of South Jersey, and author, Sound of Mind

About J. Louis Yampolsky

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J. Louis Yampolsky is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced public accounting for 40 years before retiring from public practice to become a financial manager of trusts and investment partnerships.Mr. Yampolsky lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and in Margate, New Jersey, with his wife, Judith. They have five children, nine grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. A Boardwalk Story is Mr. Yampolsky's first novel.
Published September 7, 2009 by Plexus Publishing, Inc.. 488 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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