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Friday, December 30, 2016

Key West Event at Books & Books

Friday, January 6 at 6pm
Books and Books at The Studios of Key West
533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040

One week from today... starts the first of three South Florida events for my 4th novel, THE SKINNY YEARS. 

If you are in Key West on Friday January 6th, I hope you can join me at Books & Books in The Studios of Key West. Festivities begin at 6PM and will include a 60s Trivia Quiz with prizes.

Co-hosting the event will be my childhood friend and former Key West city commissioner Anthony J. Yaniz whose family inspired several characters in the book.

You'll find more details about the event here:

Surfers, soul brothers, hippies, and thugs — they’re all part of Victor “Skinny” Delgado’s world growing up in Miami during the turbulent 1960s. Fleeing the Castro regime in Cuba, Skinny’s once-wealthy family moves from a mansion in Havana to a roach-infested bungalow in Miami’s low-rent Wynwood district. Over the next ten years the Delgados struggle to survive in this strange new land—a place where fat men in red suits enter your home through the chimney, demons appear at the door begging for candy, and young women go on dates without chaperones. There’s only one constant in Skinny's world as he grows from 8 to 18. He longs in vain for the girl of his dreams: his neighbor Janice Bockman who seems everything American—and everything he’s not.


"Gritty and witty. A complex, humorous, and utterly absorbing coming-of-age tale."
(Five-star rated) Foreword Reviews - Monica Carter

"Vivid, engaging, well-paced, with compelling characters. A terrific book.”
Ralph Keyes, best-selling author of Is There Life After High School?

"An uplifting and entertaining tale."
Vick Mickunas, host of Book Nook on NPR/WYSO

"Illuminates, with grace and wit, both one boy's passage and the complex story of Cuba's exiles."
John Thorndike, author The Last of His Mind

"Readers will love the characters, the fast pace, and the realistic setting that frames the story. It’s an emotionally packed coming of age tale that is destined to be a classic. "
Maria Ferrer, Latina Book Club (Book of the Month selection)

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