Andrew Goldstein, author of The Bookie’s Son, on tour September 2012

Posted By on July 12, 2012

About The Bookie’s Son

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: (sixoneseven) books (May 1, 2012)

In 1960, as a way to pay off some of his debt, the bookie, Harry Davis, starts collecting loan payments for the Bronx gangster, Nathan Glucksman.  Making his rounds, Harry visits a sweet tailor named Morris, who is a survivor of the Holocaust.  Whether out of pity, or because Harry was one of the liberators of the camps during World War II, or because he is prone to rash decisions, instead of collecting from Morris he gives him some of Nathan’s money so that he can move to Israel.  Nathan’s henchmen, the Spratz brothers, come looking for Harry, who is forced to escape and leave his bookie business in the hands of his twelve-year-old son, Ricky, and his almost deaf and nearly blind mother-in-law, Rosie.

The Spratz brothers ransack the apartment and threaten not only to harm to Harry, but also Ricky’s mother, Pearl.  Ricky, who is his mother’s confidant and emotional crutch, takes it on himself to raise the money and rescue his family.  He dreams of being the hero.  Like the rest of the Davis family—the best family in the Bronx—he believes he is an extraordinary person trapped in an ordinary life.

He embarks on a series of failed attempts to obtain money, which he needs to bet on a fixed horse race.  He ends up stealing cash from his father’s drawer—money that his father was saving to make a payment to Nathan—and then rides in a stolen car to Aqueduct to place his bet.

Meanwhile, other members of the family, in their own shady ways, are trying to acquire cash so they can appease Nathan.  Harry is working on smuggling tax free cigarettes from North Carolina and Pearl is planning to embezzle money from Elizabeth Taylor, a client of her boss.

Each member of the family is broken and needs fixing.  Though they are all unscrupulous, they are filled with love and loyalty. Fast paced, engrossing and full of heart, The Bookie’s Son paints a picture of a family forced to decide just how much they’re willing to sacrifice for each other––and at what cost.

“Powerful Debut” –Publishers Weekly 

 “A good summer read.”–Library Journal    

“Whip-smart, atmospheric and funny, Andrew Goldstein’s The Bookie’s Son will transport and endear you with its tale of a young hustler on the move to save his family.” -Jenna Blum, author of The New York Times & international bestsellers Those Who Save Us and The Storm Chasers  

“In this rollicking debut, Andrew Goldstein captures the Bronx in 1960 with vivid detail and larger than life characters…a menacing and a hilarious read.” -Ladette Randolph, author of A Sandhills Ballad and the editor-in-chief of Ploughshares  

“Wow.  This is a great novel.  Brilliantly written, it reminds me of a combination of Angela’s Ashes and David Sedaris.  Deeply insightful as well as very funny.”-Sophie Powell, author of The Mushroom Man   

About Andrew Goldstein

In my early twenties I was selected as a Bread Loaf Fellow and had my nonfiction book, Becoming:An American Odyssey published by Saturday Review Press. However, in order to make a living while writing I worked at many diverse jobs: tree planter and assistant librarian in Oregon, organic orange and olive farmer in California, school bus driver, Zamboni driver, editor, stock broker, power transformer tube winder and tennis pro in the Berkshires, and custom builder in the Boston area. I’m slowly transitioning out of construction and becoming a full-time writer. I play competitive table tennis three times a week, mentor a ten-year old boy every other week, and take care of my grandson one day a week. He fills that day with joy.   
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I grew up in a world that no longer exists: The Bronx 1947-1960.  The Bookie’s Son, based on my childhood, was the story I wanted to tell. I have been writing The Bookie’s Son on and off for forty years.
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Andrew Goldstein’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, September 4th: Lit and Life

Wednesday, September 5th:  A Patchwork of Books

Thursday, September 6th:  Man of La Book

Wednesday, September 12th:  Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, September 13th:  The Perks of Being a JAP

Friday, September 14th:  House of the Seven Tails

Monday, September 17th:  Broken Teepee

Tuesday, September 18th:  Life in Review

Wednesday, September 19th:  Unabridged Chick

Friday, September 21st:  Raging Bibliomania

Tuesday, September 25th:  WV Stitcher

Wednesday, September 26th:  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer  author Q&A

Thursday, September 27th:  Bagels, Books and Schmooze

Thursday, September 27th:  Between the Covers

Friday, September 28th:  Mom in Love with Fiction

Tuesday, November 27th:  Fiction Addict

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