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Book Description

Mud Castles by Mel Ostrov

The Indie Book of the Day for 21st of June, 2014!

Genre: Cultural Heritage, Coming of Age

This novel takes place in Brooklyn and Manhattan over a span beginning in 1933 and ending in 1971. Most of the story occurs in 1940s Brighton Beach and Coney Island, where the boardwalk and beach play significant roles. It revolves around a boy born with a facial disfigurement, resulting in exceeding self-awareness and angst. Over the years a family tragedy adds to his tribulations, followed by even more devastating consequences during adolescence when a mysterious girl enters the scene.

In addition to the psychological aspect, the book deals with immigrants, religious conflict, racism, disastrous meddling with good intentions and sometimes, just ill fate.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 886 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DWGET88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

 

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Melvyn R. Ostrov, MD, FAAAAI was born in Brooklyn, New York toward the end of the Great Depression, growing up in the Brighton Beach section during the 1940s. His parents were immigrants who had met in that neighborhood. Neither one ever had the opportunity of attending high school. Both worked, earning just enough money to pay for food and apartment rent. Clothes for the children were hand-me-downs from relatives. Mother sewed at home for a manufacturer and plucked chickens in a shop, while Father worked in the subway tunnels. The family could not afford a car or a telephone. Melvyn attended public schools. After school, he babysat for his younger brother and sister while his parents were away working. Upon graduating from elementary school he was awarded the Science Medal. At puberty he attended Abraham Lincoln High School where he won a position on the Freshman Math Team. The family eventually moved to a different Brooklyn neighborhood where they lived in their first real house. The change of location required that Melvyn had to transfer to James Madison High School where he first became known as “Mel.” After graduation, he attended Brooklyn College, tuition-free for Brooklyn residents. Following graduation from Chicago Medical School he served a residency in Internal Medicine at Kings County hospital followed by Allergy/Asthma at The Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn. While there, he began serving as an editor for the Journal of Allergy. By then, he was married with two children. Dr. Ostrov served two years in the Army during the Vietnam War, honorably discharged with the rank of Major and settled in Connecticut where he practiced, specializing in Allergies and Asthma. During that time, he published numerous medical articles relating to his specialty in local newspapers and had one published in Self magazine. At the latest count, he now has four grandchildren. His novel, “Mud Castles,” was written for them.

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