It’s the 1970s in the Bronx. The neighborhood of Kingsbridge to be more precise—a gritty urban enclave with bona fide small town charm as well—where teenager Matthew “Bean” Casale calls home. Life in that intriguing snapshot in time is forever interesting—always an unpredictable and exciting adventure—for Bean, his friends, and his antagonists, too.
A Bean Grows in the Bronx is a series of works—the inaugural two being Cream Sam Summer, a full-length novel, and its short story prequel, The DeTestables, which is FREE and a fitting place to begin. Written from the perspective of a precocious and sensitive teenaged boy nicknamed “Bean,” the series—based on real people, places, and events—takes readers back to what was undeniably a simpler time and, too, a fascinating place in which to grow up.