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From the author of the critically-acclaimed "Woody Allen: Reel to Real" (Take2 Publishing), A Few Streets More To Kensington is a coming-of-age novel that draws on classic young adult fiction while pushing boundaries - and taking fresh risks - for a new generation of readers.As a child, Artem escaped the Chernobyl disaster in the hope of finding solid ground. As an adult,From the author of the critically-acclaimed "Woody Allen: Reel to Real" (Take2 Publishing), A Few Streets More To Kensington is a coming-of-age novel that draws on classic young adult fiction while pushing boundaries - and taking fresh risks - for a new generation of readers.As a child, Artem escaped the Chernobyl disaster in the hope of finding solid ground. As an adult, he must now unearth it, and learn to disentangle his past from the trick of memory we must all succumb to. In this remembrance - real or imagined? - he will befriend hoodlums, indulge the sage advice of a local pimp, and betray and face betrayals before settling on his true goal: to become an artist in order to recreate a world quickly disappearing with his childhood. Set against turn-of-the-millennium New York, "A Few Streets More to Kensington" deals with classic tropes of boyhood - nostalgia, curiosity, and the wars of self - now transposed to the streets of Brooklyn, and examined through an artist's reluctant gaze. Rich, melancholy, and contemplative, the tale subsists on the magic of the 1990s...even as it aims to transcend it, too....

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ISBN : 36170456
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Number of Pages : 223 Pages
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  • Grady
    2018-11-02 21:10

    ‘The sum of what we are — our struggles, our loves — is even shorter.’Alex Sheremet, a poet, critic, and novelist from Belarus graduated Valedictorian from the Macaulay Honors College in New York City with an emphasis in Classical Studies and English Education. A FEW STREETS MORE TO KENSINGTON was his first novel, written when the author was twenty-three years old. His subsequent novel WOODY ALLEN: REEL TO REEL is a much lauded and awarded biography. Alex’s very fine novel is sophisticated, written with elegiac prose that exceeds the Young Adult audience to whom it is addressed and steps into the adult serious arena as a marker of an artist at the inception of a very promising career. Alex pays attention to small details (not the cover art shows a sketched outline of a lad walking down photographic New York streets) and uses his original home (Belarus – that small country bordering Russia) as the childhood beginning of escape from the effects of the Chernobyl 1986 nuclear disaster in the adjacent city of Pripyat near Belarus. He incorporates the parallel trials of immigration with the universal bildungsroman (aka ‘coming of age’) and the result is a novel that reminds us of the impact of Khaled Hosseini, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger, and Michael Chabon. He has a keen grasp of the universal themes of alienation, angst and a crisis of identity. The book may be brief in length but the aftershock is strong and lasting, likely encouraging re-reading to capture all the nuances.The elegance of Alex’s prose begs lingering to absorb all the ramifications of the thoughts behind the words – ‘And yet, is memory, to a child, something to rely upon, or is it better left to pop and bubble, on a tiny flame that rarely lets the foam spill over to some endless cup? It fills, eventually, but with what? He looks in, and when there is no foam — the churning, I guess, of a mind at the end of its first real, adult sigh — he colors it, bubble by bubble, until something like “the past” is stitched together, and altogether altered. But, why now? And why here, sitting at my desk with an orange salt-lamp? It’s been years since I’ve had to think so far back. Perhaps it was a smell? A color? A familiar name? Is any of that even possible now? Those names have gone with the bodegas, the people; the things they belong to are simply not around any longer, and the harder you try to find them, the more they seem to wince back at your approach. I guess it’s like a particle, rebelling against being seen, timed, and measured all at once, for the closer you get to what you’re looking for, the less you know of everything else around it. I wish I could say this, from this point on, is how it all happened, but, as my glow lamp suddenly goes out, hardening the wall, I know better than to make promises.’The story – ‘As a child, Artem escaped the Chernobyl disaster in the hope of finding solid ground. As an adult, he must now unearth it, and learn to disentangle his past from the trick of memory we must all succumb to. In this remembrance - real or imagined? - he will befriend hoodlums, indulge the sage advice of a local pimp, and betray and face betrayals before settling on his true goal: to become an artist in order to recreate a world quickly disappearing with his childhood. Set against turn-of-the-millennium New York the story deals with classic tropes of boyhood - nostalgia, curiosity, and the wars of self - now transposed to the streets of Brooklyn, and examined through an artist's reluctant gaze. Rich, melancholy, and contemplative, the tale subsists on the magic of the 1990s...even as it aims to transcend it, too.’‘Kids, after all, are not very unique. They imbue things on a wall, a color, a favorite pen, and somehow make these things better, even if they can’t really use them in the way the rest of the world does. But what’s the rest of the world, anyway?’ Writing of this nature bears our respect and close attention. Alex Sheremet is becoming one of the major authors today. Highly Recommended.