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Title Palisades Park / Alan Brennert.
Author Brennert, Alan.
Summary "Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jerseyespecially for seven-year-old Antoinette, who horrifies her mother by insisting on the unladylike nickname Toni, and her brother, Jack. Toni helps her parents, Eddie and Adele Stopka, at the stand where they sell homemade French fries amid the roar of the Cyclone roller coaster. There is also the lure of the worlds biggest salt-water pool, complete with divers whose astonishing stunts inspire Toni, despite her mother's insistence that girls can't be high divers. But a family of dreamers doesn't always share the same dreams, and then the world intrudes: There's the Great Depression, and Pearl Harbor, which hits home in ways that will split the family apart; and perils like fire and race riots in the park. Both Eddie and Jack face the dangers of war, while Adele has ambitions of her own -- and Toni is determined to take on a very different kind of danger in impossible feats as a high diver. Yet they are all drawn back to each other -- and to Palisades Park -- until the park closes forever in 1971. Evocative and moving, with the trademark brilliance at transforming historical events into irresistible fiction that made Alan Brennerts Moloka'i and Honolulu into reading group favorites, Palisades Park takes us back to a time when life seemed simplerexcept, of course, it wasn't." --


Location Call # Status
 Castlewood Fiction  BRENNERT  DUE 02-07-19
 Smoky Hill Fiction  BRENNERT  ON SHELF
Publisher New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition First edition.
Description 421 pages ; 25 cm.
DESCRIPT text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Subject Working class families -- Fiction.
Palisades Amusement Park (N.J.) -- Fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 -- Fiction.
Conflict of generations -- Fiction.
New Jersey -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
ISBN 9780312643720