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  LUNCHEONETTE:  A MEMOIR
        STEVEN SORRENTINO

Steven Sorrentino had one big dream - he wanted to move from New Jersey to New York and make it big on Broadway.  Steven also came "out of the closet". 

Things changed drastically for Steven on Christmas of 1980.  He came home for the holidays but little did he know about the circumstances that would change his life.  Steven's mother told him that something was wrong with his father who was soon diagnosed with a neurological disorder that left him paralyzed.  While in the hospital with his father, Steven knew what he had to do.  He had to take charge and keep his father's luncheonette going.  He really had no experience doing this and had to learn in a hurry.  He kept asking his father how to make the famous pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich that the customers liked so much.  Steven realized he didn't even know how to turn the lights on in the luncheonette.  Steven also returned "back to the closet".

Steven makes a decision and at the same time discovers something about his father.   What does he discover?

After seeing the title of this book, I just knew I had to review it.  We all have fond memories of some type of luncheonette as we were growing up.  It turned out to be everything I expected.  This is a great story - one that will make you laugh many times.  The characters are all excellent including the waitress and the customers who visited the luncheonette.  Steven does such a good job of describing them it makes the reader feel they are sitting right there at the counter in the luncheonette.  The author has written an honest account of what can sometimes happen in life.  Sometimes things don't go as we plan but something good comes out of it.   This is a must read book.  It shows us what really is important in life.  Don't pass on this one - it is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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