The Fire Escape Belongs In Brooklyn

This book is not only a winner for those in “The Big Chill” generation, but also those who came after.

About The Book

This National Indie Excellence Award Finalist is a story of love, loss, hope, and the haunting need to resolve the mysterious disappearance of a loved one…and of youth itself.

Born one minute apart in the same Brooklyn hospital, Mike Burns and Salvatore “Sally-Boy” Boccanera grow up thinking they will always have one another and the gritty fire escape where they play, fight, plot, and try to make sense of life. But then, one cousin goes to college…and the other vanishes.

In the tumultuous year of 1968 the world falls apart around Mike, a college sophomore. Sally-Boy disappeared two years ago and Mike relentlessly thinks about him, sometimes even talking out loud to him. Mike tries hard to lead a “typical college life” filled with parties and an occasional class, but a radical professor stimulates Mike’s activism; he fights with his Secret Service agent father over politics and hair length; a friend’s draft dodge involves Mike in a crime; the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy drive Mike into action; and the girl Mike is falling in love with hides secrets of her own.

Questions of morality, conscience, obligation, and expectation tear at Mike and disrupt his life. But there is one thing he knows for sure: It may take years, but he will find Sally-Boy. After all, a fire escape is made to save lives, isn’t it?

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” This book is not only a winner for those in “The Big Chill” generation, but also those who came after. “

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” ‘Fire Escape’ Is a Gripping Journey to the Home Front of the Vietnam War “

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Chuck Cascio

About the Author

Chuck Cascio was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in the Washington, DC, area, but remains a New Yorker at heart…and reads with an authentic Brooklyn accent! (Know what I mean, eh?) An award-winning freelance journalist with hundreds of articles published in various newspapers and magazines, he now focuses on writing fiction. The Fire Escape Stories, Volumes I & II, and his novel, The Fire Escape Belongs in Brooklyn, transport readers to the actual–and metaphorical–wonders of a fire escape…ultimately raising the question: Does a fire escape really save lives?Chuck holds a BS in economics and business from Wagner College and a MA in communications from American University. An accomplished speaker and presenter, Chuck enjoys discussing writing in front of groups of any size. A former adjunct faculty member at American University, he also taught high school and was faculty advisor to student newspapers in Fairfax County, VA, receiving extensive recognition for his creative teaching. Chuck resides in Reston, VA, with his wife, Faye, an award-winning science educator. Both he and his wife are self-proclaimed “gym rats!”

The Fire Escape Belongs In Brooklyn

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