By Mark Winegardner
The birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Cleveland was once an financial powerhouse and America's sixth-largest urban within the past due Nineteen Forties. by way of 1969, it had dropped to 12th. in the summertime of 1948, fourteen-year-old David Zielinsky can look ahead to a role on the docks, the single approach to make a dwelling on his facet of the town. around the river is twelve-year-old Anne O'Connor, daughter of the reigning political boss of Cuyahoga County. during this richly interesting novel, the 2 will meet and fall in love, and for twenty turbulent years, as Cleveland falls from grace, they are going to be ate up by means of a fiery, star-crossed romance. A natural-born storyteller, Mark Winegardner charts the dying of this attention-grabbing urban, artfully weaving in such real-life Clevelanders as Eliot Ness, Alan Freed, and Carl Stokes. A saga comparable to the easiest writing of E. L. Doctorow, Tom Wolfe, and John Dos Passos, Crooked River Burning is masterfully crafted and greatly entertaining-a nice American novel within the truest experience.
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David stated. His aunt took off her sun shades. round her eyes, she was once commencing to glance previous. "No," she acknowledged. "Why might we wish to do this? Who understands who lives the following now. We won't disturb them, i do not believe. " "Charlie Parker," David stated. His aunt took off her sun shades and checked out him. David pointed on the radio. "Bird. " His aunt nodded. David grew to become it down. From within that condominium got here the sound of barking canine. a military of them, seemed like. within the entrance window, via a niche within the drawn crimson velvet drapes, flashed glimpses of snarling, jumping poodle heads. "I'm going in," David stated. "I wager I may still, correct? " Betty thought of this. ultimately, she requested if he sought after aid together with his crutches. David opened the door. "No," he acknowledged. "I'm effective. " "Do you mind," she acknowledged, "if i do not? " He didn't. "I simply needed... ," she stated. "For my very own, good, peace... ," she acknowledged. "Oh, Joanie. " She became clear of David and commenced softly to cry. He planted his solid leg and hopped towards the truck mattress. David had by no means used crutches earlier than, no longer even goofing round with a broken-legged friend's. That sloping driveway, as much as the home, made an awkward factor clumsier. The doorbell did not appear to paintings. He attempted the knocker. The poodles sounded desirous to deafen after which consume him. "Sweet! " shouted a woman's hoarse, slurry voice. "Sweet! " Then extra adjectives: "Valiant! satisfied! useful! Misty! homosexual! " there has been an exceptional scuttling of puppy claws opposed to tile, the sound of a slamming door. The barking grew muffled. A tall, narrow, gorgeous girl opened the door, a redhead wearing only a brassiere and a couple of men's pajama bottoms. first thing David considered used to be Anne O'Connor. "You're young," the lady acknowledged. She pointed at his leg. "What'd you do to your self? " "I'm sorry to hassle you, but—" "Wait," she acknowledged. "You're no longer candy. Sweet's a Jew. " "Excuse me? " "Who are you? " the lady had simply the tiniest pudge at her waist, which used to be unlike Anne O'Connor in any respect yet used to be ungodly attractive. David was once marrying Irene subsequent month. He virtually by no means thought of Anne O'Connor. "You're now not from the studio? " "My name's David Zielinsky. I simply obtained out of the USA army and—" "Oh, shit. " She spun round and ran again into the home, yet she stored the door open. each window had these purple velvet drapes, all hung from iron spears. Unjacketed ten-inch documents (which made David shudder) lay strewn on a cabinet-style hi-fi. On a glass-topped espresso desk was once a bottle of Pernod, anything David had examine (in Hemingway) yet by no means earlier than noticeable (and might, if the social gathering arose, have mispronounced), and large icy tumblers, every one with a bit silver spatula balanced on most sensible, wearing a half-dissolved lump of sugar. It used to be nonetheless morning. the girl again. She'd wear a eco-friendly silk shirt. "Look," she acknowledged. "I'm anticipating somebody vital. " "Sorry to hassle you. " The shirt simply made her hair prettier. A darker crimson than Anne's. "Yeah, yeah," she acknowledged. "What you promoting? " "Nothing," he acknowledged. "My... good, a chum of mine. Used to dwell the following.