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The Lost Legends of New Jersey by Frederick Reiken
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Aug 23, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: friends
Read in October, 2003

Little treat; funny & touching memoir of time at the Jersey shore of all places:) High school hockey player whose family is dissolving tries to make sense of his suburban existence such as it is, while winning the girl he wants (Juliet Dimiglio). Anthony Rubin’s life is complicated.

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Anthony, of course, has plenty to contend with. His father, Michael, is a none-too-subtle (if goodhearted) adulterer. His mother, Jess, is prone to breakdowns and would rather be underwater at any given moment than with her children. His best friend, Jay, drifts away when Michael's smoldering affair with Jay's mother begins to disrupt the Rubin marriage. And the alluring girl next door, the brash daughter of a high-stakes gambler, seems always just out of reach. Reiken's style remains unblinking and direct throughout, suggesting that there are no good guys or bad guys in Livingston, New Jersey--

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