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by Tim McLoughlin

"Part coming-of-age story, part thriller, it’s got all the ingredients for what may be a whole new genre."—Entertainment Weekly"McLoughlin in his first novel easily ranks with Richard Price."—PenthouseBased on Heart of the Old Country, The Narrows is now a major motion picture starring Kevin Zegers, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sofia Bush, and Eddie Cahill. This is not the Brooklyn of Spike Lee or Matty Rich, but a counterpoint, where the hangers-on—those left behind in the white flight to the suburbs—continue to “do business” while defending their shrinking borders.Tim McLoughlin is the editor of the multiple award-winning anthology Brooklyn Noir and its companion volumes. His work has been included in The Best American Mystery Stories. He lives in Brooklyn.
Download Heart of the Old Country (The Narrows) epub
ISBN: 1936070006
ISBN13: 978-1936070008
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Tim McLoughlin
Language: English
Publisher: Akashic Books (June 1, 2009)
Pages: 216 pages
ePUB size: 1771 kb
FB2 size: 1405 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 210
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I really loved this book. The story was interesting and the characters were the kind that sink into your mind and stay there. You care about them, and worry when they do something stupid. I watched the movie after I was done reading this, and the movie is NOTHING compared to the novel. It's very worth the read!
very pleasant surprise. In fact I almost wanted to rate it five stars, it's just that I figured that I wouldn't know how many stars to then give Hemingway and Shakespeare.
The titular old country here is South Brooklyn, generally in the vicinity of Bay Ridge -- an area without much of a profile compared to more well known neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy, Park Slope, Flatbush, Bensonhurt, etc... Taking place somewhere in the mid-1990s, the story revolves around teenage Mike and his ambivalent attempts to shake loose of the neighborhood he grew up in and its familiar but claustrophobic codes.

Mike lives in a small apartment with his father, a former garbageman who retired on disability and now is a neighborhood bookie. He works as a driver for a gypsy cab outfit run by Big Lou, who is the brother of a small-time local hood named Tony. Mike doesn't connect with many people, but has been dating neighborhood girl Gina for enough years that she assumes they'll be getting married soon. However, his part-time college class has brought him into contact with a sexy fellow student from Manhattan, who comes across like an alien creature to him. The closest thing to a friend he seems to have is another driver named Nicky, who's on the slippery slope of heroin addiction.

One night, Mike gets caught up in something serious that makes him realize just how shallow and tenuous his relationships are with the people in his neighborhood. It's a coming of age crisis that takes him further down the road with the local gangsters, but also has him resisting the path that is most familiar and obvious. He's a well developed and realistic version of a confused teenager trying to make sense of his adulthood and path in life, and it should appeal to readers who like their New York fiction to take place outside of Manhattan and among the working class.
I am 52 years old and actually grew up on 68th and 12th, right across the street from the school yard where Nicky Shades was Namath everyday (I'm sure he was also a great stick ball player). I found Tim's book to be an accurate portrayal of many of the people from the neighborhood, conversely we did have doctors, lawyers, politicians and successfull business people graduate from 69th street and the schoolyard. I found the book's characters very life like and enjoyed mentions of New Corners and Regina Pacis(can you believe the schools closing). I've read several Jim Leher novels and if you enjoy reading Jim Leher, you will enjoy this book. May be it means more to someone who actually lived there that I enjoyed the book so much.
This is a story of choices, of a life of crime and a straight life. The characters are not Capos on the epic Sopranos level but the hoods that move stuff on the neighborhood level. They are the organized crime at your elbow when you play the numbers or buy a gun off the street. They are "Crime" so pervasive that it its not thought of as crime but just the way it is. It's about playing too close to the line and then wondering which side of that line you are on and can you ever cross back. A compelling coming of age story...
Great atmosphere and mood established off the top. this is a wistful coming of age story set in Brooklyn with a cast of characters from a combination of times and places; Wise Guys, Bloodbrothers (R.Price).... pace is quick and dialogue witty and meaningful. My favourite thing about the story was the the relationships bw Mke and his dad, the women in his life...and the decision points throughout the book - not to mention the touch of mystery that snakes into the plot. I'm a fan of Price, Selby, Hamil, Auster....this work definitely ranks, and borrows from a solid tradition & genre in writing while establishing its own voice. Engaging writing style. A very memorable read!
Heart of the Old Country by Tim McLoughlin resonates with the sights and sounds of south-west Brooklyn, the apparent result of Mr. McLoughlin's creative talents and knowledge of his subject. Like many excellent books, Heart of the Old Country can be read on more than one level. I have just finished my second reading and can report that I found it more enjoyable than the first. The book is remisinscent of "Carlito's Way" by Edwin Torres - and just as good. I would not be surprised to see in the near future a film version and a mass paperback edition of this truly remarkable work.
Just finished Tim McLoughlin's Heart of the Old Country and found it full of old friends and enemies. Being a displaced Brooklynite I thoroughly the read. There are characters that you'll love and characters you'll love to hate.I recommend it HIGHLY.