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By Toni Hull of Epic Book Promotions:
Frank Arcilesi has recently authored Everyday a Bird Learns How to Fly.
Montgomery Village, Maryland is an area of rolling green hills, beautiful parks and cherry blossoms. Dubbed ‘The Best Hometown in Maryland’, Montgomery Village is a short train ride from Washington DC, and less than an hour’s drive from Baltimore. Along with 40,000 other people, Frank Arcilesi calls Montgomery Village his home.
The air was crisp and the sky was bright the October morning that I asked Mr. Arcilesi to fill me in on his novel Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly, and his life in general.
“I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with my mom, dad and older brother. The city had a special charm with its small ethnic neighborhoods and friendly people. Of course there were the Orioles and Baltimore Colts, until they (Colts) were unceremoniously hijacked at midnight by the Mayflower vans. Johnny Unitas and Brooks and Frank Robinson were my heroes.
When I was a kid my mom worked as a buttonhole maker in a custom suit factory and my dad pressed garments. These were tedious un-fun jobs but they kept food on the table for my brother and me. School was a little out of the ordinary. My high school was all male and we had to rent female cheerleaders from other schools for our football games. We never knew if they were really cheering for our team or the opposition.” Today the cheerleaders are more honest in their enthusiasm since the school is now coed. Later I attended college just eight miles north of Baltimore at Towson State University. That is where I studied mass communications and mathematics. I’ll let you decide which one I found boring.”
“How about favorite places?”
“Antiques shops are fascinating and I will stop at any new one I discover. I also love to drive through the countryside of Pennsylvania during the fall. In the summer though, my favorite spot is the resort town of Ocean City, Maryland, with its sandy beach and long, long boardwalk stretching past the many souvenir shops and food stands. I also like to search the small resort town for new restaurants specializing in fine seafood. There are some excellent ones which I discovered recently nestled along some of the marinas and bay inlet areas. Enjoying fine seafood with a view of boats and water in front of you, can’t be beat. I also enjoy eating pizza, chicken, New England clam chowder, crabs, peanut butter ice cream, and gummy bears.”
“Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly is the name of your book. What is it about ?”
“Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly is set in a small town during the late ‘50s. A boy by the name of Jimmy is finishing up his senior year in high school and is feeling his way along a well traveled route of learning to become a man. A young, married woman enters his life one day and everything that once seemed simple is suddenly complicated by friends, family and life’s simple rules in general.
By Midwest Book Review:
'The stepmother of one's best friend in high school - there doesn't seem too much potential for romance. "Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly" is a classic love story about Jimmy and Carol, only Jimmy is fresh out of high school and Carol is older and the mother of his friend. For 1958 in a small community in the state of Maryland, it's not the most kosher thing socially. Jimmy and Carol are stuck in a conflict of love and respect, and have no idea which will win out. "Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly" is a fine addition to any romance shelf and for anyone who wants a controversial love story.'