Being Brothers, by multi-award-winning author and Bronx native Mike DeLucia, is a story, within a story, within a story, sparked by the life-changing epiphany of Mark Marino, a content middle-aged man who discovers an untapped well of repressed, unrealized dreams.
Another character, Jack Amato, frequently visits the Neighborhood to ground himself by memories of his past through the coming-of-age experiences of Jackie, the spacey, slightly awkward, yet lovable version of his younger self who grew up in the Bronx in the 1970s, a time of street games, young love, best friends, little league, mean teachers, and the love/hate dynamics of sibling rivalry.
While Mark, Jack, and Jackie exist in separate worlds, they are all connected by the outcome of Mark’s venture.
Being Brothers takes the reader on a journey back in time, to a much simpler era, while examining the profound impact of our past.
For those who lived it, enjoy your glory days, and for those who didn’t, sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.
Reading Being Brothers was one of the best experiences I have had with a book in years. The relationships were real, the characters alive, and the plot exciting. It brought me back to a happy time, away from the current climate of negativity, anger, and confrontation. I love the 1970s, and DeLucia brings them back to life in all their splendor, from the music, to the snacks, the gadgets and more. I found myself remembering things from the old days that I had forgotten about long ago. I laughed at the antics of the characters and cried as well; that is how I measure a book. If a writer can make me laugh and cry, he nailed it, and DeLucia did just that. I absolutely LOVED this book. I researched the author and ordered his last book, Madness. I cannot wait for it to come.
Mike DeLucia is an award-winning author. I read his last book, Madness, which is an intimate story about overcoming obstacles, set at the birth of March Madness and when Hank Luisetti revolutionized basketball. This new book Being Brother is another great story, this time using baseball as an analogy for life. A great book about love and family. An universal story, and if you are from the boroughs of NYC, it’s a piece of home. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.
Another home run from author Mike DeLucia! Being Brothers takes us back to a simpler time when family was everything. Mike perfectly captures the sights and sounds of his 1970’s Bronx neighborhood, including envy worthy descriptions of the abundance of delicious Italian food! Being Brothers is funny, poignant and life affirming. Truly a great read that takes the reader down memory lane and underscores the importance of family! Highly recommend Being Brothers and all works by this talented author!
Mike did an excellent job of bringing you back in time to the old neighborhood! Being Brothers brought back some great memories of growing up in the Throgs Neck area back in the ’70’s when bikes were your means of transportation and fun was actually had by being outdoors with friends and family. If you can relate, it will be difficult to put the book down until the end. Looking forward to the next one!
I grew up in this neighborhood in the 60’s. I know the streets, the schools, the park. My grandparents are buried in St. Raymond’s Cemetery. I had 2 friends on my street who were brothers. We rode bikes, played stickball, flipped and scaled baseball cards. Reading this was like reading my own diary from my childhood!
As someone who grew up in The Neck reading Being Brothers was like taking a trip back in time. Mike DeLucia brought you on a journey to a time and place I miss and for just a little while was able to visit. A great read!
A nostalgic look back to when things were done by kids that are now frowned upon (how did the kids ever live long enough to become adults?). A well-conceived, brilliantly detailed and extremely entertaining journey with an important message to boot! Don’t be the person being told to read this book, be the one doing the telling. You won’t regret it!
About Michael DeLucia
Mike DeLucia, grew up in the Throggs Neck / Pelham Bay section of the Bronx and has spent most of his life as an entrepreneur, actor, teacher, director, and writer.
He is the author of the multi-award-winning historical fiction novel, Madness, The Man Who Changed Basketball.
Mike, a green tea enthusiast, travels the world with his wife Lillian, has two children, two grandchildren, and loves receiving e-mails from readers.