Rockin' the Bronx by Larry Kirwan

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On a rash quest to track down his girlfriend Mary, naïve Irishman Sean Kelly becomes embroiled in the hellish wasteland of the 1980s Bronx. He stays on, determined to uncover the reason behind the sudden change in Mary. But the only job available for an undocumented Paddy is hard labor, and the only solace is found in beer and music. A vibrant, colorful evocation of New York City in the watershed years through the eyes of four young Irish immigrants, Rockin' the Bronx captures the visceral realities of life and death in the Irish slum-scape on Bainbridge Avenue. Faced with the excesses of the early 80s: drugs, aids, the Burning Bronx, and at home, the Troubles, Sean eventually emerges into manhood. ""Larry Kirwan writes with all the charm of his music. This is Angela's Ashes for a new generation.""--Thomas Keneally. ""A tremendous rock `n' roll saga . The prolific Kirwan offers writing about the transformative and curative powers of music and performance that is brilliant on its own, but his lovingly rendered portrait of American and Irish social and political realties in the 1980s is both brutal and magical."" -Library Journal ""A brilliant tales set in the gritty streets of the Yankee borough that was the epicenter of Irish Americana during the early eighties."" - Irish Voice ""Rockin' the Bronx has a headlong momentum and street-level immediacy, teeming with drama, romance, and politics."" - Philadelphia Inquirer

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LARRY KIRWAN has released eleven records as the leader of the Irish-American rock band Black 47, including 2004's "New York Town. Larry is the author of "Mad Angels, a collection of plays, "Livin' in America, and "Liverpool Fantasy. Visit "
Published December 19, 2012 by Brandon Books. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite his punk pretensions, Sean finds himself woefully unequipped to handle the New World problems that quickly arise: Mary and her new friend Danny are moody and inaccessible, and the unrelenting poverty, drugs, and racial and political tension leave Sean seeking escape in a bottle.

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