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Joe Perrone Jr worked as a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News, as well as a freelance advertising copywriter. He is the author of five novels, including Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening) and the Matt Davis Mystery Series: As the Twig is Bent, Opening Day, Twice Bitten, and Broken Promises. In 2012, Opening Day was awarded a prestigious Indie B.R.A.G. medallion. In 2010, he published A "Real" Man's Guide to Divorce (First, you bend over and...). In 1997, he co-authored (with Manny Luftglass) Gone Fishin' with Kids (How to Take Your Kid Fishing and Still be Friends).
For ten years, Joe was a professional fly-fishing guide in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and has had several fly-fishing short stories published in the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide.
Feel free to email Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments, or you may visit his website at www.joeperronejr.com.
Presently, Mr. Perrone lives in Western North Carolina with his wife, Becky, and the couple's two cats, Callie and Cassie. When not writing, Joe enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, cooking (and eating), listening to music, and reading.
Jess C Scott
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
The scenes in Escaping Innocence were portrayed very realistically, which is something I appreciate greatly in a coming-of-age novel. I felt for the character at the end (I don't want to go overboard with any "spoilers"!) -- that's something that won't happen, if I absolutely cannot stand a book.
The story is viewed from the perspective of David Justin, and there is an honesty and naturalness with the way David's experiences are presented to the reader. I think a lot of care went into this book, to ensure its authenticity.
The book captures the spirit of a young man's personal quest (and the spirit of the 60's setting!), in a voice that is tinged with both humor and a sense of familiarity (almost like you're hearing accounts and anecdotes from a long-lost friend).
Chapter 42 (towards the end), I think, is one of the best chapters I've ever read (in terms of conciseness and a sense of closure). Without giving away too much of what happens, I'll just say that it wraps up the story in an incredibly cohesive way, that's colored by strong emotional undertones which offer depth and insight to all that David has gone through.
And while the first two opening paragraphs of the first chapter featured a little too many metaphorical descriptions for me, I guess it's part of the character's voice (and context--read the 5th paragraph of Chapter 1 to understand!). I'm used to reading classic/literary works, which can make my sentiments a bit more...persnickety ;)
(reviewed the day of purchase)