Click to enlargeA Boardwalk Story

A novel by J. Louis Yampolsky

"Yampolsky conjures the Atlantic City of yesterday - the one thats been bulldozed over to make way for glittering casinos and towering cement parking lots. An impressive debut." 
 Bryant Simon, author, Boardwalk of Dreams

1939. The tenth year of the Great Depression in America. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In Atlantic City, New Jersey - a seashore resort town that springs to life every summer - Jack Laurel comes of age.

At 15, Jacks life is turned upside down by an almost magical convergence of people and events. A mysterious boardwalk entertainer inspires a love of literature, a feud with neighborhood bullies escalates, and innocence is lost. Jack stumbles into commodities trading with two men: one a reclusive mystic, the other a charismatic pitchman and mathematical savant. The musings of a boardwalk fortuneteller set the three partners up to reap unimagined profits - but a house of cards is about to come down around them and, with it, the wrath of an iron-fisted crime boss.

In his first novel, J. Louis Yampolsky evokes the days when Atlantic City was the "Playground of the World" - the home of gilded Arabesque hotels, parades, pageants, and the famous Steel Pier. A Boardwalk Story is a startling debut from a remarkable new voice in American fiction.

"A rich, detailed visit to an Atlantic City that now exists only in memory. ...A Boardwalk Story tells a coming-of-age tale of equal parts charm and excitement, with a generous helping of danger that takes you by surprise."

Jim Waltzer, coauthor, Tales of South Jersey, and author, Sound of Mind

2009 | 488 pp/hardbound

A Boardwalk Story

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