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What happens when four greasers from the ’50s reunite in the ’80s? Plenty, as it turns out! Four men, who as teenagers were a tight group of friends called the D.A.’s (no relation to the legal profession), attend a special Fifties-themed reunion at their old high school thirty years after graduation. They’d attended previous reunions, but this one, which takes place in 1988, is different from the others: All the guys are nearing fifty; each one is experiencing a combination of personal and midlife crises; and the last time all four of them had been together was ten years ago. The D.A.’s have drifted apart over the years, although whether or not they’re willing to admit it is another matter. They all appear to be clinging to the past, even though (or, perhaps, especially because) they aren’t in high school anymore. Their joy at seeing one another again appears to be genuine. But is their seeming affection for one another sincere … or merely habitual?
Eddy Steinberg, the first character introduced in the book, is the youngest member of the D.A.’s, the nerd-turned-greaser who was more or less “adopted” into the existing group during the guys’ junior year in high school. He is the first one to acknowledge (if only to himself) that he and the other guys have grown apart, perhaps irrevocably. Frankie D’Antonio is the founding member and leader of the group, the alpha male, who along with Eddy is one of the main “voices” of the third-person narrative. Eddy and Frankie are “frenemies” who appear at times to merely tolerate one another rather than truly enjoy each other’s company; the dynamic between them is often tense, and Frankie’s greaser posture doesn’t help matters. Although Frankie claims to be a lover and not a fighter, it’s difficult to tell from his attitude—he is quick to anger and appears to always have his dukes up, whether or not the situation warrants it. Denny O’Reilly, Frankie’s best friend and the only divorced member of the quartet, has recently shed unhealthy (and unattractive) poundage and is now engaging in almost promiscuous behavior with the ladies, as if making up for lost time. Denny is concerned about the masculinity of his twenty-year-old son, Sean, who is his polar opposite in the sex-and-romance department. And Tony Franklin, Eddy’s best friend, is a bit of an enigma; he’s just as tough as the next guy but also has a tender, romantic side that the others seem to lack. During the weeklong reunion festivities, Eddy is amazed at the lack of discretion shown by his married cohorts, Frankie and Tony, serial cheaters who are seldom without other women on their arms—or in their beds. Frankie hop-scotches from one conquest to the next like other men change their clothes, apparently without concern for his wife and children. Tony is no slouch either, having attended previous reunions with “window dressing” (as Eddy puts it) at his side, but now his marriage and happiness are threatened by the reappearance of his high-school sweetheart, Marsha, whom he hasn’t seen in twenty-five years. Eddy is the only member of the D.A.’s who has never found it necessary to cheat on his wife, and he finds it difficult to wrap his head around his friends’ antics … until he meets a sweet, shy 24-year-old girl named Laurie who instantly steals his heart, forcing him to see the realities of his life with new eyes and to make a decision he never thought he’d have to make. The D.A.’s Forever is a nostalgic tale of friendship and love, sex and romance; a story of old love, of new love, and a love that will never die. NOTE: Mature content (adult language, explicit sexual situations); reader discretion advised.
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In the author’s own words: Born and raised in New Jersey, I’m a baby boomer currently living in Florida. I’m a huge fan of the music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and my writings, websites, blogs, and social-network postings reflect this passion of mine. If you love oldies music, chances are you’ve visited at least one of my websites; my sites include Oldies Connection, which contains a wealth of info on, and literally thousands of links for, our favorite singers and groups from the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll; official sites for The Dixie Cups and Robin McNamara; and fan sites for Ron Dante of The Archies, Andy Kim, Joey Dee, Neil Sedaka, and legendary Brill Building composer/producer Jeff Barry.
Another passion of mine is photography. I’ve never taken a class—although I intend to do so when time permits!—and I’m not a professional in any sense of the word, but please feel free to follow me on Instagram. (Expect to see lots of sunrise/sunset photos, as well as a few concert shots!)