The Belvederes of Brooklyn: A Family's Struggle to Conquer the 1930s
by David Arturi
This novel explores the interactions of rich and poor multi-ethnic families in a tight-knit neighborhood of 1930s Brooklyn. It is dominated by the affair of a beautiful, lustful widow and a Roman, Antinous-like godly boy that inevitably leads to tragedy. Comingled in this web of eroticism are other forbidden desires that dare not surface, but do so with the same inexorable fatal finale.